Movie File: P. Diddy, Keira Knightley, Angelina Jolie, Lisa Kudrow, Halle Berry

Puffy developing heist action-comedy to star in and produce.

P. Diddy is working with Paramount Pictures and MTV Films on developing a heist action-comedy centered around the Miami Grand Prix for the rapper to star in and produce. “This will definitely take a page out of all the great heist movies and return the favor by having two token white guys,” Combs told Variety. “And it will be sophisticated. It won’t be a hip-hop film with guys in do-rags, because I’m always trying to break down people’s perceptions and barriers.” Bad Boy Records will release the movie’s soundtrack. …

Shooting on the back-to-back sequels to “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” will start in March. “We’re all back and swashbuckling,” Keira Knightley said while promoting “The Jacket” at the Sundance Film Festival last week. “I don’t know anything about the story. I hear a secret script has arrived in my flat, but I haven’t read anything yet, no character breakdowns, no nothing.” Naomie Harris of “28 Days Later” and Stellan Skarsgard of “King Arthur” have signed on to join Knightley, Orlando Bloom and Johnny Depp. “Pirates 2″ is scheduled for a summer 2006 release. …

A video game based on the “Godfather” movies is due this fall. Electronic Arts is developing the game, which will find players joining the Corleone family and rising through the ranks in 1950s New York. … Angelina Jolie has been cast opposite Matt Damon in “The Good Shepherd,” a drama directed by Robert De Niro. Shooting will start in March on the movie, about a CIA agent whose marriage is destroyed by the difficulties of the job. …

While most of her fellow “Friends” alumni are loading their schedules with movies, Lisa Kudrow is going the route of Matt LeBlanc and returning to the small screen. Her half-hour comedy series, “The Comeback,” was co-created by Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”) for HBO. “It’s about an actress who is around my age who was on a sitcom that ended 10 years ago,” Kudrow said. “It wasn’t great, and she was OK. But she’s so desperate to be back in the limelight that she’s agreed to be on a reality show called ‘The Comeback.’ We just keep coming up with whatever is the most humiliating thing for her and it’s really good.” …

Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow and Martin Scorsese have joined the list of presenters for the 77th Academy Awards. The show will be broadcast live from Hollywood on February 27 on ABC. … Meanwhile, Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson, Rosario Dawson, Topher Grace, Kyra Sedgwick, Sean Hayes and Teri Polo have been added to the presenters list for the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. That show, which will broadcast live from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center on Saturday on TNT, will also feature Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett (“The Aviator”), Don Cheadle (“Hotel Rwanda”), Clint Eastwood (“Million Dollar Baby”) and Paul Giamatti (“Sideways”) introducing their nominated films. …

Sam Huntington, whose biggest credits to date include “Detroit Rock City” and “Not Another Teen Movie,” has been chosen to play reporter Jimmy Olsen in Bryan Singer‘s Superman movie. Kate Bosworth is still in negotiations to play Lois Lane, joining a cast that includes newcomer Brandon Routh as Clark Kent and Superman, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, Hugh Laurie as Daily Planet editor in chief Perry White and James Marsden as Richard White. … Robin Williams has signed on for an adaptation of the children’s book “The Krazees.” The comedian will play a father in the movie and voice several CGI creatures. …

“Holy War,” a comedy about rival preachers competing for a female parishioner with an amazing singing voice, is “in pre-production hell,” according to would-be director Bryan Barber, who just wrapped production on his Outkast movie for HBO. No worries, though. Barber has other things in the works, including a possible second Outkast movie. “I’m also developing a contemporary version of Oliver Twist and a television show loosely based on the Peanuts gang,” he said. “It’s called ‘I am Charlie Brown.’ ” …
Julia Stiles, who starred in David Mamet‘s 2000 ensemble flick, “State and Main,” has signed on for “Edmond,” a drama based on Mamet’s play about a successful businessman who walks out on his family on the advice of a fortuneteller only to find his life turned upside down by the underworld of New York. William H. Macy is playing the title role, and “Nip/Tuck” star Dylan Walsh and Mena Suvari are also on board. …

Wes Bentley has joined the cast of “Ghost Rider,” the Marvel Comics adaptation starring Nicolas Cage in the title role, a former motorcycle stuntman whose body become host to a vengeful spirit. Mark Steven Johnson (“Daredevil”) is directing. … Cage, meanwhile, is developing a biopic based on poker legend Amarillo Slim Preston. Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson, who wrote “Ali” and “Nixon,” are writing the script. …

Virginia Madsen has signed on to join Harrison Ford in “The Wrong Element.” The “Sideways” star’s character is kidnapped by Paul Bettany, who demands a ransom from Ford’s security expert character. … Audrey Tautou (“Amelie”) is in negotiations to play Tom Hanks‘ partner in cracking “The Da Vinci Code” in the upcoming movie based on the best-selling novel. …

“Shaun of the Dead” director and co-writer Edgar Wright is in negotiations to helm “Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life,” based on a novel about a slacker who discovers he can win the woman of his dreams by battling and defeating her seven evil ex-boyfriends. … After Peter Jackson is finished with “King Kong,” the director and his writing partners will adapt the novel “The Lovely Bones.” … A movie based on the upcoming September 11 book “102 Minutes” is in the works. A ticking clock chronicling the events in real time from 8:46 a.m., when the first plane hit, until 10:28 a.m., when the first tower collapsed, will appear in a corner of the screen. …

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