It seems like biopics and other similar true life stories are exploding in development right now, and we’ve got casting for three big ones. First up, the Jimi Hendrix film All is By My Side has just added a young Keith Richards. British actor Ashley Charles will play the Rolling Stones songwriter and guitarist.

John Ridley is directing the film now, with Andre Benjamin as Hendrix, and Hayley Atwell as Linda Keith, who during the story’s time frame was dating Richards. She ‘discovered’ Hendrix and tried to get the Stones management to work with him, to no avail. Keith Richards likely won’t play a big part in the film, which chronicles the days before Hendrix made it big.

Fun fact checking: let’s see how people refer to Richards in this film. In ’63 the Stones manager started listing the guitarist as Keith Richard, and it wasn’t until the ’70s that he once again became Richards.  [THR]

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The Jimi Hendrix biopic All is by My Side may not have the blessing of the Hendrix estate — or it didn’t a few weeks ago, anyway — but it is moving forward regardless. André Benjamin, member of OutKast and occasional actor, is playing Hendrix after years of talking about the possibility, and photos of the actor in costume have hit the internet.

Sure, this is basically Benjamin in an appropriate wig and a peek at the actual costume he’ll wear in one scene, but with his mustache in shape he looks more or less like Hendrix.

That’s just the beginning, however, as Jimi has an instantly recognizable stage presence and speech pattern, in addition to his eccentric guitar playing style. Can Benjamin get all that down and make the character feel like more than a put-on? We’ll see eventually. In the meantime there are a couple pics of him, as well as two of co-star Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger). She plays Linda Keith, who was dating Keith Richards when she befriended Hendrix and helped him get a record deal. Read More »

10 Things I Hate About You helmer Gil Junger has already revisited his hit 1999 teen comedy once, with a 2009 ABC Family series of the same title that lasted just once season, and now he’s preparing to head back into familiar territory once again. Well — familiar-ish, anyway. Junger is set to direct 10 Things I Hate About Life, a sorta-sequel with a suicidal twist. Captain America: The First Avenger star Hayley Atwell is set to play one of the leads. More details after the jump.

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One of the most heart-wrenching moments in last summer’s Captain America: The First Avenger came near the end, when (SPOILER ALERT, obviously) Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) promises Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) a date that he fails to make because he sacrifices himself to save the world. When he wakes up in 2012, their scheduled appointment, of course, has long since passed. But according to director Joss Whedon, the pair almost had a better-late-than-never reunion in The Avengers. More after the jump.

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Just as Emma Thompson’s Victorian Effie is finally coming together, competition has sprung up in the form of a rival project inspired by the exact same subject. Keira Knightley is reportedly in talks to take the lead in Untouched, a biopic of Effie Gray written by Aleksandra Crapanzano with Andrucha Waddington (House of Sand) directing.

Both films are based on the same scandalous 1850s love triangle between Gray, the art critic John Ruskin, and painter John Everett Millais. Gray was married to the much older Ruskin, but Ruskin could not bring himself to consummate the marriage (despite being virile, as he demonstrated in court. Seriously). Gray eventually had the marriage annulled and left Ruskin for his protege Millais.

Development on Untouched is still in the early stages, with no other cast attached at this time and no start date announced. Knightley currently stars as the center of a different mentor-protege love triangle, in David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method. Effie is filming now, with Dakota Fanning starring and Richard Laxton directing. [Thompson on Hollywood]

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Apparently Joseph Kosinski‘s Horizons (a.k.a. Oblivion) is the plum gig for actresses in Hollywood right now. Last month, Jessica Chastain beat out a list of up-and-coming actresses — including Olga Kurylenko, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace, and Olivia Wilde — for one of two lead female roles; this weekend, Hayley Atwell, Diane Kruger, and Kate Beckinsale will vie for the other. Whoever lands the sci-fi flick will be starring opposite Tom Cruise, who leads the cast as soldier and drone repairman Jak. Most details after the jump.

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We’ve known for weeks now that Tom Cruise would be playing Jack Reacher in Christopher McQuarrie‘s One Shot, adapted from Lee Child‘s bestselling crime novel. Now comes news on who might be playing opposite Cruise as the female lead. Over the weekend, at least three actresses reportedly met with McQuarrie and the studio to read for the part: Hayley Atwell, Alexa Davalos, and Rosamund Pike. If you’re wondering what happened to Brit Marling, who was previously rumored for the role, she’s apparently out of the running due to scheduling issues. Read more after the jump.

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