Movie File: Reese Witherspoon, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Naomi Watts & More

'Legally Blonde' star promises lots of singing in 'Walk the Line.'

Reese Witherspoon, sporting brown hair she colored to play June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line,” revealed a bit about the Johnny Cash biopic while out promoting “Vanity Fair.” “It’s sort of [Johnny and June's] love story, how they met and couldn’t be together because they were both with other people and were on the road for years and years together, sort of having this very tumultuous relationship,” the actress said. “In the end, they get together, which is great. It’s been fun. A lot of singing and a lot of music and a lot of cool people.” …

With “Mission: Impossible 3″ still going through changes, Tom Cruise has changed his fall plans and will instead shoot a modern-day adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ legendary 1898 science fiction novel “War of the Worlds.” Steven Spielberg is directing the movie, which has been in development for years and could open as soon as next summer. … Spielberg has also signed on to produce an adaptation of the book “Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima,” about the World War II battle in the winter of 1945 that cost more than 50,000 Japanese and Americans their lives. Clint Eastwood will direct after finishing the boxing movie “Rope Burn” with Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank. …

Kirsten Dunst, who starred in Sofia Coppola‘s first film, “The Virgin Suicides,” has agreed to play the title character in “Marie Antoinette,” Coppola’s follow-up to “Lost in Translation.” Coppola also wrote the movie, which chronicles the unraveling lives of the French queen and her husband, Louis XVI, played by Jason Schwartzman, who co-starred with Sofia in her brother Roman Coppola‘s “CQ.” Shooting will start in France in February, after Dunst finishes Cameron Crowe‘s “Elizabethtown.” …

Dunst’s director in the “Spider-Man” movies, Sam Raimi, is in talks with New Line Cinema about producing a “Freddy Vs. Jason” sequel that would bring in Ash, the anti-hero survivor of his “Evil Dead” trilogy. Bruce Campbell, who played Ash in the series, will play him again if a deal works out for “Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash.” … Campbell, meanwhile, has signed on to play a coach in “Sky High,” a family comedy about a high school for teens with superpowers. His character decides whether a student becomes a hero or a sidekick. Lynda Carter, who played “Wonder Woman” in the ’70s TV series, will play a teacher at the school. Kurt Russell and Kelly Preston co-star as superhero parents. …

Naomi Watts, currently in theaters in “We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” can next be seen alongside Sean Penn in “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” based on the true story of a furniture salesman in 1974 who plotted to kill the president by flying an airliner into the White House. “We were working on ’21 Grams’ at the time and I read the script and he said, ‘Will you do it?’ ” Watts recalled. “It’s a very small role, but I love the script and I love his story and I wanted to work with Sean again. It was a great experience, and so it was quite easy to agree to do that one.” …

HBO has picked up the Tom Hanks-produced TV series “Big Love” starring Bill Paxton, Chloë Sevigny, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Harry Dean Stanton. “It’s about polygamy,” said 14-year-old co-star Daveigh Chase of “The Ring” fame. “I married really young. I’m married to a 72-year-old, so it’s kinda weird ’cause I’m not even allowed to date [in real life] and I’m married. … My character is very brainwashed.” …

Michelle Rodriguez has joined the cast of “BloodRayne,” an action flick based on the video game of the same name, starring Kristanna Loken as a hunter of supernatural threats for a secret society called Brimstone. Rodriguez will play the head of a local Brimstone chapter. Meanwhile, her “Blue Crush” co-star Matt Davis and Michael Madsen have signed on to play vampire hunters. Shooting begins later this month in Romania, while a second “BloodRayne” game is due in October. …

After taking a break to raise her son, Calista Flockhart has signed on for her first major role since “Ally McBeal” ended in 2002. The actress will play a nurse at a children’s hospital during its closing days in the Spanish indie “Fragile.” … Neal Fredericks, the 35-year-old cinematographer behind “The Blair Witch Project,” died in a plane crash while filming a movie near Key West, Florida, on Saturday. The pilot of the single-engine Cessna and three other members of the “Cross Bones” film crew escaped and were rescued. …

Romola Garai, the newcomer from “I Capture the Castle,” “Dirty Dancing: Savannah Nights” and the upcoming “Vanity Fair,” will return to the big screen in the fall in the indie “Inside I’m Dancing.” “It’s a story about two young guys in their early 20s who are both severely disabled. One has cerebral palsy, and the other has muscular dystrophy, and they decide to try to live independently,” she explained. “And it’s about young people trying to live their lives and experience sex and life and culture outside of living in a care home. So they employ this girl that they think is foxy to be their care worker and a sort of love triangle ensues.” …

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