Movie File: LeBron James, Luke Wilson, Omarion, Vin Diesel, Elisha Cuthbert, Spike Lee & More

Kenan Thompson, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Rodriguez also in news.

After starring with brother Owen in “The Wendell Baker Story” (and directing with brother Andrew), Luke Wilson will star in “3001″ from director Mike Judge, the creator of “Beavis and Butt-Head.” “It’s like a movie about a guy that goes into the future and society has gone down so much that I am like the smartest guy alive,” Wilson said recently. … Spike Lee is developing a starring project for NBA rookie LeBron James, according to the Cleveland Cavalier’s agent. Lee, an avid New York Knicks fan, directed James in the fall as part of a series of promotional commercials for TNT’s basketball coverage and featured the star in a crib with children singing to him. …

“Saturday Night Live” newcomer Kenan Thompson (also of “Good Burger” fame) has been tapped to star in the movie adaptation of “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.” Ex-B2K singer Omarion (as Reggie), “The Cosby Show’s” Raven-Symone (Danielle) and “ER’s” Jermaine Williams (Mush Mouth) have also earned roles in the movie, which will begin and end with animation and have live-action scenes in the middle. Filming will begin in mid-April with Joel Zwick (“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) directing. … Meanwhile, Omarion’s recent movie debut, “You Got Served,” has a DVD and VHS release date of May 18. … Also due that month on DVD and VHS, on May 25, is “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” That’s about three months faster than it took the other two “Rings” movies to be released to homes. …

Producers behind “The Fast and the Furious” franchise are courting Vin Diesel to return for the third installment. Chris Morgan (“S.W.A.T.”) has been hired to write a script with Diesel’s character returning. In the meantime, the action star’s “The Chronicles of Riddick” opens June 11. …. Speaking of “The Fast and The Furious,” Michelle Rodriguez will show off her racing skills by competing against gamers in Project Gotham Racing 2 as part of Xbox Live’s “Game with Fame” series. The actress’s Gamertag will be announced on www.xbox.com/live so that others can race her on Friday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. PST. …

“Barbershop 2: Back in Business” director Kevin Rodney Sullivan is expected to sign on to direct Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac in the comedy “Dinner Party.” The movie is about a black man having a hard time dealing with his daughter dating a white man. Peter Tolan (“Analyze That”) wrote the script. … Rachel Bilson, who recently revealed that two characters from her show, “The O.C.” will leave at the end of the season, is hoping to spend her downtime working on a movie. “I am looking for some projects opposite from what I do now,” she said. “Not anything like teeny bopper. I am trying to stay away from that.” …

“24″ star Elisha Cuthbert, who stars in the upcoming “The Girl Next Door,” will next take on a remake of the 1953 Vincent Price horror film “House of Wax 3-D.” The new version, titled “House of Wax” and also starring Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill”), follows a group of teens who fall victim to human bodies covered with wax in a mad professor’s wax museum. … Commercials director Noam Murro has walked away from “The Ring 2″ over “creative differences” with DreamWorks. The studio has not said how it will affect production, but shooting had yet to begin on the sequel. …

“Mr. Deeds” star John Turturro, who co-stars in the upcoming “Secret Window,” will next direct a musical he wrote called “Romance & Cigarettes.” James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet, Mandy Moore, Julia Stiles and Steve Buscemi are starring. “There’ll be some real singing, but most of the people imagine they can sing to give vent to their feelings or to escape their world or to fantasize,” Turturro explained. “And we got a great score. We got Bruce Springsteen, James Brown, Tom Jones, Janis Joplin, a Nick Cave song. It’s a really wild score.” … Maria Bello, Turturro’s “Secret Window” co-star, who earned accolades for “The Cooler,” will meanwhile next appear in director John Sayles‘ political thriller, “Silver City,” with Richard Dreyfuss, Chris Cooper, Billy Zane and Thora Birch. “I’m also starting another one called ‘The Sisters’ based on [Anton] Chekhov‘s ‘The Three Sisters,’” she added. “It’s a great role.” …

Director Brett Ratner is working on the third installment of his “Rush Hour” franchise, in which he hopes to revive Jackie Chan‘s Stateside career after disappointments like “Shanghai Knights” and “The Tuxedo.” “I think it’s because he is not being used properly,” Ratner said. “I made him cool. I put him with a cool guy, dress him cool with his bowl haircut. He is being mocked in some of the movies he is doing, so he needs to be a little more picky in my opinion.” … Writer/director Gary Ross will follow up “Seabiscuit” with an animated movie based on the popular children’s book “The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread.” The story centers on a banished mouse, a rat who likes the light and a servant girl with cauliflower ears whose lives intermingle with a princess.