Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy have boarded Rufus NorrisBroken, along with Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms, Zana Marjanovic, Bill Milner, and newcomer Eloise Laurence. The story, which was adapted by Mark O’Rowe (Boy A) from Daniel Clay‘s novel of the same title, follows a young girl whose life changes after she witnesses a brutal attack. Broken will be the first feature film by helmer Norris, an accomplished theater director.

Roth recently came off of three seasons as the lead of Fox’s Lie to Me, and will star in next year’s Arbitrage. Murphy will appear in this month’s sci-fi thriller In Time, and has several projects lined up for 2012 including the thriller Red Lights with Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Hope Davis joins Murderball director Henry Alex Rubin’s ensemble drama, and Rutger Hauer boards a miniseries.

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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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Behind every man on a mental mission to Mars is a good woman. Or, in the case of Douglas Quaid in Total Recall, a good and a bad woman. As director Len Wiseman preps his Summer 2012 remake of the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger/Paul Verhoeven film set to star Colin Farrell in the lead, the next big step is bringing those women to life. The two man roles are Quaid’s wife Lori, who was originally played by Sharon Stone, and his female counterpart on Mars, Melinda, originally played by Rachel Ticotin. According to Deadline, several major actresses are currently reading for both roles including Kate Bosworth and Diane Kruger for Lori and Eva Mendes, Paula Patton, Jessica Biel and Eva Green for Melinda. Read more after the break. Read More »

TriStar Pictures has released a new trailer for Jumping the Broom, starring Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Paula Patton (Just Wright, Precious) and Laz Alonso (Avatar). The film revolves around the wedding of Sabrina (Patton) and Jason (Alonso), and the clash that ensues when her uptown family meets his downtown one. This is the first feature by director Salim Akil, a television director whose credits include The Game, Girlfriends and Soul Food. While Jumping the Broom is unlikely to convert romcom haters, it looks like an enjoyably fluffy flick for everyone else. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Here’s your first look at Simon Pegg in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in which the actor reprises the role he originated as a very small appearance in Mission: Impossible III.

This time out he seems to be taking a more active role, as Pegg, Paula Patton and Tom Cruise were all photographed while shooting a scene in Vancouver, Canada. Based on the similar outfits sported by Pegg and Patton, as well as that van, decorated like a service for some sort of security firm, the obvious conclusion to draw is that his character is drawn out into field work. More photos, but not many more clues, are after the jump. Read More »


Briefly: Last week three actresses were testing for one of the plum female roles in the new Mission: Impossible film, to be directed by Brad Bird with Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner starring. Lauren German (Hostel: Part II), Paula Patton (Precious) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) were all in the running, but now Paula Patton has been handed the part. (As we guess, I might add.)

Deadline says she’ll play ‘a young operative who works with Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt character.’ No new info there. The report also reiterates that the film won’t be called Mission: Impossible 4, which means we’ll now spend some time calling it ‘the next Mission: Impossible‘ until Paramount coughs up a new title.

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We now know that Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner will play the two primary agents in Paramount’s upcoming Mission: Impossible 4. (Until we know what the final title of this new Mission: Impossible film will be, we’re just going to call it Mission: Impossible 4. Hopefully that’ll avoid confusion for the time being.)

There are obviously quite a few other parts to cast. As the studio gears up towards a fall shoot, we should soon start hearing a lot of other names being thrown around. For instance, there’s also a female operative in the film and Deadline now reports that Lauren German (Hostel: Part II), Paula Patton (Precious) and Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) are testing for the role. If I had to put money down I’d go with Paula Patton, but since we don’t know anything about the role other than ‘female operative’ (the easy guess: she dies) it’s too early to make any realistic call on who’ll get hired. [Deadline]