Archive for the ‘Role Rumors’ Category
Jack Nicholson may reunite with James L. Brooks, the filmmaker who directed Nicholson to Oscar-winning performances in Terms of Endearment and As Good as It Gets.
Nicholson is in talks to join the cast of Brooks’ latest project, an untitled romantic comedy that stars Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson.
Written by Brooks, the story sees Witherspoon as a professional softball player torn between two men, a solid guy played by Rudd and a charming ball player with a 94-mile an hour fastball played by Wilson.
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Alexander Payne is putting the finishing touches on the social satire Downsizing a script about small people, and has put together a big-name cast.
Paul Giamatti, Sacha Baron Cohen and Reese Witherspoon have all committed to star in the film, which would likely land at Fox Searchlight, where Payne has a first-look deal.
Giamatti, who previously teamed with the director on Sideways, is on board to star as a man low on money who decides he can have a much nicer life if he undergoes a process to shrink himself.
Witherspoon, also a Payne alum, whose career took off after starring in Election, would play a woman Giamatti meets on his journey as a small person. Cohen would play a pint-sized foreigner.
There are no deals in place for the three principals, and no negotiations will take place until Payne finishes his screenplay, which he is penning with Jim Taylor. Jim Burke is producing alongside Payne.
Unlike previous Payne pics, Downsizing would require considerable special effects and could push the budget out of Searchlight’s realm.
Project marks Payne’s first pic since “Sideways,” which was a Searchlight pic.
Rumor is Alexander Payne (director of Election) might be getting into a new film soon and it’s being strongly gossiped that Reese Witherspoon will be one of the stars. The film also may feature, Sacha Baron Cohen, Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep. It’s all evidently in the preliminary stages but we’ll keep you informed. It could certainly be interesting with that cast/crew behind it!
“Nothing is locked down at this juncture, not even script, certainly not cast,” Wells’ source says. “[Payne is] still working on screenplay, although he’s close.”
Source: Hollywood Elsewhere
Variety reports that Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd are in talks to star opposite Reese Witherspoon in James L. Brooks’ untitled romantic comedy for Columbia Pictures.
Brooks, who is directing and producing, wrote the screenplay, which involves a love triangle. Rudd would play a white-collar executive vying for Witherspoon’s affections, while Wilson would portray a professional baseball pitcher who is also a love interest.
As is customary with Brooks’ projects, logline is being kept vague for the film, which has the working title How Do You Know?
Paula Weinstein “Blood Diamond) and Laurence Mark (Dreamgirls) are also producing.
Studio is eyeing an early summer start date.
Personally, I would love to see Paul and Reese reunite because Overnight Delivery is one of my favorite of Reese’s movies!
Robert Downey Jr and Reese Witherspoon are in talks to star in Warner Bros’ The Days Before and Timur Bekmambetov is in negotiations to direct, according to Production Weekly.
Produced by 300 producer Gianni Nunnari, the sci-fi action spec script was written by Chad St. John (who previously worked on the unproduced script The Further Adventures of Doc Holiday for Bruce Willis). Days Before tells the story of a race of aliens who invade Earth by traveling backwards through time and wiping out humanity, one day at a time, yesterday by yesterday. One man attempts to stay “a yesterday ahead of them”, and every time he must try to convince the world that “the end is coming”, again.
Director James L. Brooks (Spanglish) is set to team with Reese Witherspoon on an untitled comedy for Columbia Pictures, says Variety, confirming an earlier report by Collider.
The trade adds that Brooks has been holed up writing the screenplay for the film, which is described as an ensemble project that boasts at least three major characters — a hallmark of such Brooks films as Broadcast News and Terms of Endearment.
Witherspoon is the only lead to sign on so far.
The plot of the film, which has the working title How Do You Know?, is being kept under wraps. The studio is eyeing a March start date.
Source: Coming Soon
Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon will star in an untitled Cameron Crowe romantic comedy adventure at Columbia Pictures.
Columbia was the winning bidder, beating out four rival studios, in landing the fully developed project, which is being produced by Scott Rudin. Crowe, who wrote the screenplay, is also producing.
Studio is keeping the logline of the contemporary-set project under wraps.
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It was reported some months ago, that Reese was approached to play Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian. It seems the role has officially gone to the lovely Amy Adams instead, it was rumored they were both being approached for two different characters so it seems that wasn’t the case. Many of the original cast are set to return. And there’s other fun folks too who haven’t officially signed on yet playing historical figures.
According to Variety, the lovely Amy Adams (known from such movies as Enchanted and Junebug) is in negotiations to join Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon to star in Another Night at the Museum. Adams will play an undetermined historical figure who has a crush on security guard Larry (Stiller).
Shawn Levy returns to helm the sequel, which has a US release date set for May 22, 2009. Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon penned the screenplay, Scott Frank the most recent draft. Levy’s 21 Laps is producing alongside 1492 Pictures. Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe will serve as producers.
20th Century Fox is eyeing a May start date in Vancouver.
There are two pieces of news today, one very exciting!
The first being that Reese is rumoured to produce and star in an adaptation of the Jen Sacks novel Nice. Here is what joblo.com had to say about it:
This chick is just too nice and can’t seem to break up with her boyfriends. So, trying out something new, she decides to kill one particular boyfriend. And finding that she gets away with it (it’s mistaken for a gay suicide), she decides to do it again. And again.
Sounds pretty exciting, hey?
The second piece of news is that Reese has topped a recent list as the most liked celebrity among ten women who regularly found their way onto magazine covers and into gossip columns in 2007. People aged 13 and over (over 1000 of them!) were asked this question and Reese topped the list with a personal appeal rating of 74 percent, followed by former Friends TV star Jennifer Aniston at 70 percent. Way to go Reese!