Movie File: Charlize Theron, Josh Hartnett, Kevin Spacey, Elisha Cuthbert & More

Shooting on 'Aeon Flux' halted due to 'Monster' actress' injury.

Shooting on “Aeon Flux” temporarily halted Wednesday when Charlize Theron was injured while shooting a stunt scene for the adaptation of the animated MTV series. Details on the injury were not released, but Theron’s publicist said she was not hospitalized. … 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment reported more than 2.4 million copies of the “The Passion of the Christ” DVD were purchased within the first few hours of release on Tuesday. Several consumers bought more than one copy. …

Josh Hartnett, who hits theaters Friday in “Wicker Park,” is re-teaming with that movie’s director, Paul McGuigan, for the noir gangster thriller “Lucky Number Slevin.” “It’s this guy caught in this kind of over-the-top, fictionalized gang life in New York,” Hartnett said. “It’s kind of got a similar plot line to this [Japanese] movie, where there’s this samurai who is caught between these two mobs in Tokyo and they live on opposite sides of the same streets and they’ve been dueling for years and years. And he gets hired by both to kind of do these things to hurt the other person, and so this is my character caught in the middle.” Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Kingsley will play the mob bosses, and Lucy Liu is negotiating to play a coroner who falls in love with Slevin (Hartnett) and help stage his death. …

Matthew McConaughey will play an injured ex-college football star who’s recruited to work for a massive sports-booking operation in “Two for the Money.” Al Pacino, Jeremy Piven and Rene Russo will co-star, with D.J. Caruso (“Taking Lives”) directing. … In other sports-gambling movie news, Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour”) has signed on to direct “Breaking Vegas,” an adaptation of the nonfiction bestseller “Bringing Down the House,” about six MIT students who took Las Vegas casinos for millions through an elaborate card-counting scheme. Kevin Spacey is producing and eyeing the role of the students’ professor. Shooting is scheduled for early 2005, after Ratner wraps “Josiah’s Canon” with Sean Connery. The director, whose “After the Sunset” with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek opens November 12, is also developing “Rush Hour 3.” …

A 10-year-old has become one of Hollywood’s busiest actresses. Along with the four other films she has in development, Dakota Fanning has signed on for “War of the Worlds” and is close to a franchise deal to remake “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.” In the Steven Spielberg-directed H.G. Wells adaptation, Fanning will play the daughter of Tom Cruise‘s character. … “The Girl Next Door” cutie Elisha Cuthbert will star in and produce the indie thriller “Dot,” about a popular teenager whose life is turned upside down when a supposedly deaf orphan teenager moves in with her family. Shooting is scheduled for later this month, after Cuthbert finishes “House of Wax” with Paris Hilton. …

David Schwimmer, who directed the occasional “Friends” episode, will direct his first big-screen movie, the indie “Run, Fat Boy, Run.” Michael Ian Black, from “Ed” and VH1′s “I Love the …” shows, wrote the script about a charming but oblivious overweight man who tries to win back his former girlfriend by running the New York marathon. … Scarlett Johansson will co-star with Ewan McGregor in the upcoming sci-fi thriller “The Island.” Directed by Michael Bay (“Pearl Harbor”), the movie centers on a harvested human (McGregor) who tries to escape the facility where he is being observed. …

Ben Affleck, Zach Braff and Adam Brody are among the celebrities who worked with director Kevin Smith on a series of PSAs encouraging Americans to vote. Norman Lear‘s Declare Yourself organization sponsored the campaign, viewable at www.declareyourself.com. “Essentially the premise of the campaign is famous people doing nothing and then talking about how in the time it takes you to watch them do nothing you could be getting online and finding out how to register to vote,” Smith said. “I’m not a fiercely political kind of person, but I do believe it’s important for everyone to at least get out there and register to vote, so it was right up my alley. I’m so glad it was nonpartisan. Ultimately, am I voting for Bush? No. But I don’t like to jam that down people’s throats, you know?” …

Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis, who co-starred as Gandalf and Gollum in the “Lord of the Rings” movies, are reuniting for “Flushed Away,” an animated comedy about a British rat accidentally flushed from his posh penthouse into the slimy London sewers. Hugh Jackman is negotiating to voice the rat. … McKellen, meanwhile, has also agreed to another animated project, a movie version of the Cartoon Network’s “The Magic Roundabout.” Jim Broadbent, Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) and pop stars Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue will co-star in the movie, due in February. …