Colin Firth is edging closer to genuine leading man status, thanks in part to big awards season recognition for films like A Single Man and The King’s Speech. It’s a transformation that will take another big step if he takes the lead role in Gambit, a heist thriller remake scripted by Joel and Ethan Coen. We’ve reported on the film in the past, most recently when The Last Station director Michael Hoffman came on to direct.

Now Deadline says Colin Firth is in talks for the lead role of a cat burglar who wants to rob a billionaire. He enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the rich guy’s late wife. (Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine played the roles in the ’66 original.) Sounds like a perfectly good choice for me. As anything that puts an actor who is very versatile with dialogue into a Coen-scripted project is to be applauded.

After the break, more casting for Cameron Crowe‘s We Bought A Zoo, and Safe House, which is already set to star Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Read More »

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Cameron Crowe is set to reteam with Almost Famous star (and big screen alter ego) Patrick Fugit and talented up and comer Elle Fanning (Somewhere, Super 8, The Nines) in the a big screen adaptation of Benjamin Mee‘s bestselling memoir We Bought a Zoo.

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Scarlett Johansson Cast in ‘We Bought a Zoo’

The results are in for one more casting race — well, this one wasn’t a race, exactly. Earlier this week we reported that director Cameron Crowe was interested in Scarlett Johansson for the lead female role in We Bought a Zoo. Now she’s reportedly nearing a deal to make the picture, in which she’ll appear opposite Matt Damon. Read More »

Deadline has learned that Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2, Lost in Translation) is Cameron Crowe‘s (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) top choice to play the female lead in his next movie, a big screen adaptation of Benjamin Mee‘s bestselling memoir We Bought a Zoo. Other actresses on Crowe’s shortlist include Amy Adams (Enchanted, Doubt) Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Live Free or Die Hard) and Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes, Wedding Crashers) are also in the mix.

All of the ladies on the list sound like interesting choices opposite Matt Damon, who is set to star as Benjamin Mee, a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside. Looking for a fresh new start, Mee and his children hope to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business. Mary Elizabeth Winstead seems like the odd woman out, as she plays very young. McAdams and Adams are both in their 30’s, while Winstead is in her mid 20’s. Johansson is also in her mid twenties, but has been playing older.

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Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man 3, Sideways) has joined the cast of director Cameron Crowe‘s (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) adaptation of Benjamin Mee‘s bestselling memoir We Bought a Zoo.

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I had heard rumblings a few weeks ago, and now Variety confirms what I’ve heard — Matt Damon is in talks to star in director Cameron Crowe‘s (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) adaptation of Benjamin Mee‘s bestselling memoir We Bought a Zoo. Damon would play Benjamin Mee, a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in the English countryside. Looking for a fresh new start, Mee and his children hope to refurbish the zoo and run it as a family business.

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Cameron Crowe might director We Bought a Zoo

A couple months ago, there were rumors that director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) was interested in directing an adaptation of Benjamin Mee‘s bestselling memoir We Bought a Zoo. ComingSoon has noticed that some of Crowe’s regular crew (for instance, production designer Clay Griffith) have recently been hired for the production, which 20th Century Fox has now set a release for on December 23th 2011. This pretty much confirms that the project is Crowe’s next.

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Cameron Crowe Might Direct We Bought A Zoo

Cameron Crowe might director We Bought a Zoo

Almost Famous is one of my favorite movies of all time, and Cameron Crowe used to be one of my favorite writer/directors. It is not that the filmmaker had a huge fall from grace — I actually liked Elizabethtown more than most, despite Orlando Bloom’s best efforts. It’s that the filmmkaer is starting to become a distant memory. Aside 2005’s Elizabethtown, which many would like to forget, and the filmmaker’s few second cameo as a bus passenger in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report, Crowe hasn’t been on the big screen since 2001’s Open Your Eyes remake Vanilla Sky. For those who don’t know, or maybe have forgotten, Crowe lived/wrote the book/screenplay for Fast Times at Ridgemont High, made his directorial debut with the 1980’s classic Say Anything…, Singles, and Jerry Maguire, which was nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture.

For the past few years, Crowe has been trying to get his tropical romantic comedy Deep Tiki into production, but scheduling conflicts with the signed stars Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon (read about the plot here) keep pushing and pushing it back. Frankly, it never sounded too exciting to me — kind of like a modern day Joe and the Volcano, which I didn’t like the first time around.

Vulture now has word that Crowe is interested in stepping back into the director’s chair for a big screen adaptation of Benjamin Mee‘s best-selling memoir We Bought a Zoo. Actually, the full title of the book is “We Bought a Zoo: The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals that Changed Their Lives Forever”. The 304-page book tells the remarkable true story of a family who move into a rundown zoo. Details after the jump.
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