Even his brief stint in rehab doesn’t seem to have slowed down Gerard Butler much at all. With Movie 43, Playing the Field, and Of Men and Mavericks all due out this year, and Hunter Killer, Thunder Run, Brilliant, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 already on his upcoming slate, the Scottish star has booked yet another role. Described as “Die Hard in the White House,” Olympus Has Fallen will see Butler starring as an ex-Secret Service agent who’s called upon to serve his country once more when terrorists take over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Butler is also set to produce the action thriller from newbie writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, which is set up at Millennium. No director has been announced at this time, but with production scheduled for a September start we expect we’ll hear some news on that front soon. [THR]

After the jump, Phil Dunphy replaces Tony Stark, and that Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close kid gets two more jobs.

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Robert Luketic‘s The Ugly Truth was among the worst reviewed films of Gerard Butler‘s career, so I can’t say I’m all that thrilled to hear that a reunion is brewing for the pair. Butler has signed on to replace Eric Bana in Brilliant, a thriller about “a small-time criminal who partners with a female thief to pull off a daring diamond heist.” The female lead has yet to be cast.

Luketic’s previous work consists mostly of fluffy romantic comedies like Killers, Monster-in-Law, and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!, but he explored more dramatic territory with 2008′s 21. Production begins this May in Boston.

Butler has a slew of upcoming projects on his plate, including this year’s Movie 43, Playing the Field, and Of Men and Mavericks. Brilliant is scheduled to enter production in Boston this May. [Showblitz]

After the jump, ’tis the season for Diane Keaton and Robert Redford to do a holiday-themed ensemble comedy together.

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There are plenty of reasons to skip Katherine Heigl‘s One for the Money, starting with its truly pathetic score of 3% on Rotten Tomatoes. And based on its weak opening performance this past weekend, it seems most moviegoers are already well aware of what those reasons are. But just in case you needed one more, there’s also the fact that you may have already seen One for the Money before — in the form of a 2010 Jennifer Aniston / Gerard Butler movie called The Bounty Hunter.

After the jump, check out a mashed-up trailer that makes the very convincing argument that One for the Money may just be warmed-over version of The Bounty Hunter.

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Even as Ridley Scott mulls over helming the “female Lawrence of Arabia” biopic Gertrude Bell with star Angelina Jolie, the filmmaker has signed on to direct and produce yet another project through his Scott Free banner — this one a fact-based thriller starring Gerard Butler. The 300 star would play Simon Mann, a former British army officer who attempted in 2004 to stage a coup against the president of Equatorial Guinea. If you’re not up on your world events, here’s a bit of a spoiler alert: Things don’t go exactly as planned. More on the project after the jump.

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Training Day director Antoine Fuqua‘s been attached to a great number of projects over the past year, but while some of those movies are actually coming together now, others have quietly fallen apart. Although it’s too soon to tell what’ll come of his latest gig, the Relativity drama Hunter Killer, today’s announcement of some possible casting for the film seems like an encouraging step. Gerard Butler has reportedly entered talks to star in the military thriller, while Sam Worthington is being “eyed” for a different part. More details afte the jump.

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Joel Schumacher has confirmed in an interview that Halle Berry is in talks to take the lead in the tentatively titled The Hive, about “a female emergency line operator who, in trying to help a young girl, comes up against a killer from her own past.” While nothing is official at this point, the director said, he and Berry are both interested in working together and the producers of The Hive seem to be on board with hiring her.

The thriller is expected to begin shooting in February, though Schumacher has said that he may shoot another, smaller film before that. Berry will next appear in Garry Marshall’s limp-looking ensemble romcom New Year’s Eve, and is currently shooting Cloud Atlas with directors Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, and Lana Wachowski. [Coming Soon]

After the jump, surfing biopic Mavericks gets a new title and two new stars, and 50 Cent lines up yet another acting gig.

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Michael K. Williams may have missed out on the lead role of Django Unchained, but it seems there may still be room for him to appear in a different capacity. In an interview with Shadow & Act (via The Playlist), the The Wire actor confirmed that he had just barely lost the lead role to Jamie Foxx, but that director Quentin Tarantino (or “QT, as I call him”) liked Williams enough to consider creating a new role just for him. “It’s not official yet but there’s a lot of talk that there may be a role coming back ’round my way,’” he told the site. “His people and my people have been in discussions in regards to a role that he is creating for me.”

The Playlist points out that the only major black role still uncast is that of Bartholemew, but that the hulking, silent bodyguard probably wouldn’t be an ideal fit for Williams. However, it’s possible that the character could be rewritten to better suit Williams, or that Tarantino will add a new character altogether.

After the jump, new gigs for Charlize Theron, Paula Patton, and Leven Rambin.

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Lately, a day doesn’t go by without news or rumor of new remakes. We’ve already heard about Flatliners today, and here are two more that fall slightly more in the rumor category.

First up, Ghost House Pictures (Sam Raimi’s company) and Mandate are reportedly planning a new re-do of The Grudge. That’s a horror series that has a slightly complicated history, as it began with two DTV Japanese films, which spawned two theatrical Japanese films and then an American remake, all directed by Takashi Shimizu. Two sequels, one theatrical and one DTV were made to follow the US film. And now there might be a new film that remakes one of the Japanese films or otherwise reboots the series. Mo further detail is available so far. [BD]

After the break, the ’80s South American caper film Romancing the Stone, originally directed by Robert Zemeckis, is still on the remake pile, and may be closer to ‘go’ status. Read More »

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