For a while there it looked like Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman was on the verge of falling apart, as James Franco dropped out of the project. But the hitman biopic is moving along with David Schwimmer and Chris Evans added to the cast in recent weeks, and now Winona Ryder has boarded the picture as well in a role once slated for Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Ryder will play the wife of mob contract killer Richard Kuklinski, a.k.a. The Iceman (Michael Shannon), who’s unaware of the true nature of her husband’s career. Ray Liotta and Ryan O’Nan will also star.

Based on interview footage and Anthony Bruno‘s book The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer, the picture is scheduled to begin production early next year in Louisiana. [Deadline]

After the jump, a former Everybody Loves Raymond star gets fired by a former The Office star, a Broadway adaptation casts a Broadway star, and a trio of rising Brit talents sign on for an artsy romance.

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There’s still no word on who’ll be playing Éponine in Tom Hooper‘s Les Misérables, but the project has landed yet another well-known star to play her father. According to LondonNetSacha Baron Cohen is set to join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Eddie Redmayne in the musical, in the role of the villainous inn owner Monsieur Thénardier. Helena Bonham Carter was said to be in talks to play Thénardier’s wife earlier this year, but it’s not clear whether she’s actually attached at this point.

Cohen did a bit of singing in his last big-screen musical, Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and is slated to do still more as the lead of that Freddie Mercury biopic from producer Graham King. In terms of non-singing roles, Cohen recently appeared in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, and already has three more movies scheduled to open next year — The Dictator, Madagascar 3, and Django Unchained. Get used to that face, because you’ll be seeing a lot of it in 2012.

Les Misérables opens December 7, 2012. [via The Playlist]

After the jump, a Disney gal decides it’s time to break into more mature territory, and Diablo Cody’s next project finds a mom for Julianne Hough.

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The cast of Tom Hooper‘s Les Miserables is already plenty star-studded, with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and up-and-comer Eddie Redmayne all signed on at present — but as anyone familiar with the book or stage musical can attest, that still leaves several juicy roles remaining to be filled.

One of the most notable is the part of Éponine, perhaps best remembered for her big solo number “On My Own,” but that could change soon. According to a new rumor, Scarlett Johansson, Evan Rachel Wood, Lea Michele, and Taylor Swift are competing for the role, though a decision has yet to be made. More details after the jump.

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My Week with Marilyn star Eddie Redmayne will join Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway in Tom Hooper‘s prestige musical Les Miserables. Based on the hit Broadway show and Victor Hugo‘s classic novel of the same title, the film follows an ex-con named Valjean (Jackman) in 19th century France as he seeks to redeem himself. Redmayne will play Marius, who falls in love with Cosette, daughter of Fantine (Hathaway) and eventual charge of Valjean.

Les Miserables is already being touted as a likely Oscar contender, with a release date of December 7, 2012. Redmayne isn’t exactly a household name yet, but has marked himself as a talent to watch in projects like The Good Shepherd, My Week with Marilyn, and Hick. [Deadline]

After the jump, Rashida Jones and the guy who played Ernest Hemingway in Midnight in Paris befriend Samantha Morton, while David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook picks up a Boardwalk Empire star.

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We’ve been hearing rumors for a while, but now it’s official: Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star opposite Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe in Les Misérables, King’s Speech director Tom Hooper‘s adaptation of the hit Broadway show and Victor Hugo novel. Read more after the jump.

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A few interesting bits of news about Tom Hooper‘s Les Miserables adaptation have surfaced today. One, it seems the project has found a couple of villains in previously rumored stars Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter. And two, we finally know when, exactly, we can expect to see the finished product. Read more after the jump.

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Anne Hathaway Approached for ‘Les Miserables’?

Casting rumors have been swirling around Les Miserables, Tom Hooper‘s big-screen adaptation of the megahit Broadway musial, for quite some time, but this one seems more solid than your usual water cooler chatter. Star Hugh Jackman is reportedly pushing Anne Hathaway for the role of Fantine, the unwed mother of Cosette. (Or, if neither of those charcter names mean anything to you, feel free to think of Fantine as the one who sings Susan Boyle’s signature song “I Dreamed a Dream.”) Read on after the jump.

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Perfect casting. Hugh Jackman is currently in talks to star in Tom Hooper‘s upcoming musical adaptation of Les Miserables, and while we don’t know which role it’s for yet, it’s perfect casting either way. For most of us, Jackman is best known as the clawed mutant Wolverine but his true passion lies on the stage, where he’s a Tony award winning actor who can sing and dance. Now imagine combining the gritty nature of Wolverine with singing and dancing (but not in a campy way) and you’d have either Jean Valjean or Javert, the two male leads of the classic story by Victor Hugo which was famously turn into a Broadway standard. Read more after the break. Read More »

Coming off his recent Best Director Oscar win for The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper is going back in time from 20th century England to 19th Century France. He’s in talks to direct a new version of Les Miserables, based on the novel by Victor Hugo but best known from its Tony Award-winning Broadway musical adaptation. Les Mis is the story of a peasant named Jean Valjean who steals a loaf of bread for his starving family and is sent to prison. After being released on parole, he breaks it, assumes a new identity and eventually becomes wrapped up in a revolution while living his life on the run from his true past. Read more about Hooper’s version of the film after the break. Read More »