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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A little while back, Star Trek: The Next Generation actor and director Jonathan Frakes revealed that director Bryan Singer (X-Men) once had a pitch for a Star Trek television show that never came to fruition. Singer is a well-known Trek fan, and thanks to some string-pulling by X-Men and Star Trek star Patrick Stewart, has even appeared in an uncredited role on Star Trek: Nemesis.

Recently, more details have come to light about Singer’s failed Star Trek proposal. Read on after the jump to fantasize about what could’ve been.

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Bryan Singer

It looks like comic book fanboys might have to wait a little longer for another fix of the man and blue and red tights. Variety reports that United Artists have greenlit Bryan Singer’s next project.

The yet-to-be-titled dramatic thriller is an ensemble mult-character story set in World War II. What is it about? We don’t have any idea. What we do is that the project reunites Singer with The Usual Suspects screenwriter Chris McQuarrie. So it’s probably going to be good, despite the blatant lack of red and blue tights.

Singer and McQuarrie took the project directly to United Artists heads Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, who agreed to finance it almost immediately.

The new project begins production this summer. Best case scenario, the Superman Returns sequel could start shooting in mid-2008. I doubt Singer would go right from one movie to the next, especially considering the lengthy preproduction development process that is involved in a comic book movie. I could be wrong, but the June 2009 release date seems a bit unrealistic. Even Variety admits, “The film will delay Warner Bros.’ hope of mounting a sequel to “Superman Returns” in the near future.”