Witherspoon, Kutcher To Chase Crooks While Kidman Finishes Trilogy

In other casting news, Charlize Theron will star in 'Monster,' about a real-life serial killer.

Hollywood agents have been furiously wheeling and dealing on new projects involving Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Ashton Kutcher and others lately.

Witherspoon has thrown her hat into the comic-book movie ring. Universal Pictures, who recently inked a deal with the "Sweet Home Alabama" actress' Type A production company, has acquired the rights to the graphic novel series "Whiteout" and has asked Witherspoon to produce and star.

"Whiteout" is the story of U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko, who's trying to catch a murderer in the Antarctic before the sun disappears for six months. Witherspoon will next produce and star in "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde" (see "It's Witherspoon Versus Washington In 'Legally Blonde 2' ").

Speaking of sequels, Nicole Kidman may reunite with "Dogville" filmmaker Lars von Trier for two sequels, according to Hollywood trade Variety. Representatives for Kidman wouldn't comment on the report at press time. Kidman would begin work on the Danish auteur's "Mandalay" presumably sometime after finishing "The Stepford Wives" remake (see "Nicole Kidman To Star In 'Stepford Wives,' Meat Loaf Going Gangster").

Not far from Kidman on any alphabetical "who's who in Hollywood" list, "Dude, Where's My Car?" star Ashton Kutcher is in talks to star in an action-comedy buddy picture called "Regulators." If he comes aboard, he'll play a surfer-dude cop who teams up with an officer from the 'hood to battle bad guys in Long Beach, California. Kutcher will next be seen in January's "Just Married" alongside Brittany Murphy (see "Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy Talk About Being 'Married' ").

Speaking of blondes, Charlize Theron will star in "Monster," based on a real-life female serial killer. Theron, who has been busy with "The Italian Job," was also recently named by "Fantastic Four" screenwriter Doug Petrie as potential candidate to play the Invisible Woman (see " 'Fantastic Four' Screenwriter Spills Super Secrets").