There are undoubtedly several Hollywood agents wearing wide grins over their skim-milk-double-lattes this week, as a number of relatively high-profile casting deals have been sealed.
Riding high on the wave of critical acclaim for her haunting performance in “The Others” and last year’s “Birthday Girl,” Nicole Kidman has snapped up a role in the forthcoming remake of “The Stepford Wives.” The latest take on the Ira Levin novel, about a group of husbands who turn their wives into submissive robots, promises to deliver a sharper comedic element than the more straightforward 1975 version, thanks to a reportedly dark but funny script from Paul Rudnick (“Addams Family Values”).
“Hole in One” is another dark comedy currently in development. An independently financed 1950s period flick that promises to mix mental-health themes with gangster posturing, “Hole in One” now boasts Michelle Williams (“Dawson’s Creek”) and Meat Loaf (“Fight Club”) as its two leads. Williams plays a woman planning a “transorbital” lobotomy. Meat is the gangster boyfriend furiously trying to convince her it’s a bad idea.
Speaking of the darkly comedic, while the satirical college flick “The Rules of Attraction” failed to make much of a splash at the box office, one of its stars is already moving on to potentially bigger and better things. Shannyn Sossamon, who has also starred in “A Knight’s Tale” and “40 Days and 40 Nights,” will join Vince Vaughn (“Made”), Don Cheadle (“Traffic”) and Hayden Christensen (“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones”) who will play three thieves, in “The Other Side of Simple.”
And finally, “Saturday Night Live” and Adam Sandler movie veteran Rob Schneider (“The Animal”) is set to produce and star in “Blind Sided,” a comedy about a guy who regains his sight after several years of being blind.
For a full-length feature on “The Rules of Attraction,” check out “No Rules: WB Stars Get Nasty In ’Attraction.’ “