Way back in late 2010, we reported on the potential casting of Bradley Cooper in the lead role for David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook. At some point, however, Mark Wahlberg emerged as the star of the film, and Cooper was no longer associated with the project. Now, it’s looking like we’re back to square one, with Wahlberg out and Cooper back in. Wahlberg has dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict with a different project (possibly Broken City with Allen Huges), and Cooper is currently in talks to replace him.

Also in talks for the movie is Robert De Niro, who met with Russell earlier this summer regarding an unnamed part. Jennifer Lawrence is still set to co-star as the main character’s love interest. Based on a novel by Matthew Quick, the film follows a former high school teacher (that’d be Coopers part) who’s just been released from a four-year stint at a mental institution into the care of his mother. [Deadline]

After the jump: Reese Witherspoon teams up with Disney, Alden Ehrenreich joins Stoker, and Doctor Who star Karen Gillan nabs an indie romance.

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Alia Shawkat may not be quite as ubiquitous as Arrested Development co-star Jason Bateman, but she’s been quietly beefing up her film resume over the past few years. Recently, Shawkat added two more projects to her slate: He Loves Me, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris‘ follow-up to Little Miss Sunshine; and The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano.

He Loves Me revolves around a lonely young novelist (Paul Dano) who writes a fictional dream girl for himself — and manages to will her into existence. (She’ll be played by Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan, who also wrote the script). Shawkat will play a hipster who’s obsessed with one of Dano’s literary creations, and who has a crush on the novelist himself. Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, and Chris Messina are also set to star.

The Brass Teapot marks the feature film debut of director Ramaa Mosley, known for her work in commercials and music videos. The dark comedy follows “a broke young couple who steal a brass teapot that produces cash whenever someone feels pain.” Shawkat will play the best friend of Temple’s character; I’m assuming Temple and Angarano will play the main couple. [Variety]

After the jump, Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver picks up a new gig, and David Oyelowo signs up for Lee Daniels’ new project.

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Newly-minted Oscar-winner Colin Firth following up The King’s Speech with a genre vampire movie always seemed like a stretch. Now, it turns out it was. But King George’s loss is Ozymandias’s gain as Matthew Goode, best known for playing the rich, evil member of the Watchmen, is now in talks to star in Stoker, the English-language debut of director Park Chan-wook. As we’d written in the past, he’d star along side “Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland herself, Mia Waskiowska, in the story of a girl and her mother who, after the death of the father, reunite with his mysterious brother. Kidman is the mother, Waskiowska is the girl and Goode would be the mysterious uncle, who is rumored to be a vampire. Hence the Bram Stoker-influenced title.”

Prison Break star Wentworth Miller wrote the script, which was on the 2010 Black List. There’s more after the break. Read More »

It’s a huge testament to the talents and reputation of Park Chan-Wook that Colin Firth has reportedly chosen the director’s next film, Stoker, as a suitable way to wield his brand new Oscar muscle. Firth will star alongside fellow Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and Alice in Wonderland herself, Mia Waskiowska, in the story of a girl and her mother who, after the death of the father, reunite with his mysterious brother. Kidman is the mother, Waskiowska is the girl and Firth would be the mysterious uncle, who is rumored to be a vampire. Hence the Bram Stoker-influenced title.

The script, written by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, showed up on the 2010 Black List. Read more after the break. Read More »

Prison Break star Wentworth Miller has been newsworthy of late because he wrote the script for Stoker, which Park Chan-wook will direct with stars Mia Wasikowska, Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. Now he has booked a new role, taking the lead in an indie called Analog, which Mike Million wrote and will direct. The script has been around for a few years — it hit the Black List in 2005 — and follows ” an introverted genius who tries to find a love connection in an increasingly digital world.” I’m picturing Pi as a romantic comedy, but that probably isn’t quite right. [Variety]

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Things are looking good for Stoker, the first English-language film from  Oldboy and Thirst director Park Chan-wook. The director had already got Mia Waskiowska to play a key role. Now he’s got Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in talks as well. Read More »

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For those who pleaded for a new ‘real’ movie from Oldboy director Park Chan-wook when we recently talked about his short film shot on the iPhone, here you go. We heard about Stoker last year — the film is scripted by Wentworth Miller under the pseudonym Ted Foulke, and is described as such: “After the death of her father, a teenager must deal with a mysterious uncle who returns to spend time with the family.”

Last year Park Chan-wook was attached to direct with Carey Mulligan in the lead and Jodie Foster in a key supporting role. Now both actresses have moved on, but it looks like Mia Wasikowska will have the lead when the film shoots this spring. Read More »

The Black List has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of 300 (up from last year’s 250) development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet.

Note: The headline is a slightly inaccurate, because a lot of these screenplays have already been acquired (six of the top ten listed), a bunch are in production now, and some have even finished production. One of this year’s top ten screenplays, J.C. Chandor‘s Margin Call, about the last 24 hours at now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers is already in the can and set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm and Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany star. The top screenplay om the list, College Republicans, already has Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano attached to star.

Started in 2005 by a young executive at Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, who polled 90+ peers to send him their 10 favorite new unproduced screenplays to read over the holidays. The underground list was e-mailed around and quickly became a Hollywood phenomenon. To give you an idea, the top three entries of the 2005 list where Things We Lost in the Fire, Juno, and Lars and the Real Girl. However it should be noted that a warning appears at the beginning of the list:

“THE BLACK LIST is not a “best of” list. It is, at best, a “most liked” list.”

Also, it should be noted that many people in recent years have begun accuse participants for pushing their own/friends clients.

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Korean director Park Chan-Wook has wowed us with films like the Vengeance trilogy (Sympathy For Mister Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance) and Thirst, and he’s been courted for an English-language film here and there. No deals have been made in the past, but now the director is reportedly in talks to direct a thriller called Stoker. Read More »