Movie File: Ludacris, Bruce Willis, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sarah Jessica Parker

Luda to follow 'Hustle & Flow' with drama about racial discrimination.

Ludacris will follow up his Sundance Film Festival hit “Hustle & Flow” with the ensemble drama “Crash.” “It’s talking about present-day racial discrimination in Los Angeles, kind of like ‘Do the Right Thing,’ ” the rapper explained. “I play a thief with certain morals to him, so it’s really weird, but life is full of contradictions.” “Crash” also stars Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ryan Phillippe, Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton, Larenz Tate, Loretta Devine, Nona Gaye and “Hustle & Flow” star Terrence Howard. …

Meanwhile, “Hustle & Flow” scene stealer Taraji P. Henson (“Baby Boy”) is also working again with Howard as well as “Hustle & Flow” producer John Singleton on an untitled film formerly known as “Four Brothers.” Outkast‘s Andre 3000, Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese and Garrett Hedlund (“Friday Night Lights”) are co-starring and Singleton is directing. “As long as John’s working, I’m working,” Henson joked. “It’s gonna be a fabulous film.” …

It seems the “Die Hard” franchise could be revived soon. ” ‘Die Hard 4.0′ is being written as we speak, and if all goes well we’ll be shooting it in autumn on the East Coast of the United States,” Bruce Willis recently told the BBC. Willis revealed that his detective John McClane character will be retired. … Set pieces from a key scene in Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming “War of the Worlds” were added to the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park tour on Wednesday. The pieces depict a small town ravaged by a 747 jet crash and will be on display near a dinosaur-destroyed research laboratory from “Jurassic Park: The Lost World.” “War of the Worlds,” starring Tom Cruise, opens June 29. …

Martin Campbell, who directed the 1995 James Bond movie “GoldenEye” and is currently helming “Legend of Zorro,” will direct the next Bond adventure, “Cason Royale,” due in 2006. … Meanwhile, Pierce Brosnan insisted once again that he will not play Bond in a letter on his Web site. “Everything comes to an end, and one must accept this decision which cannot be dealt with in any other way but with some kind of grace and knowledge that I did the job to the best of my ability,” he wrote. …

A few months after appearing in “Sin City” in April, Michael Clarke Duncan will return to the big screen July 22 in another highly anticipated action movie, “The Island,” with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson. ” ‘The Island’ is like you would have a double on this island, so let’s say you had heart failure, we go take the heart out of your double, but your double doesn’t know that he has you,” Duncan explained. “They think they’re really living people, which they are. So when my football player [character] gets hurt, they come and get the organs out of my double to give to me.” Michael Bay (“Bad Boys,” “Pearl Harbor”) is directing, and Duncan said he’s pulling out memorable performances from the cast. “He really made me go to some places I really didn’t want to go,” Duncan said. “He worked my butt.” …

Eva Mendes, hitting theaters this weekend in “Hitch,” has signed on to play Nicolas Cage‘s love interest in “Ghost Rider.” Mark Steven Johnson (“Daredevil”) is directing. … Antonio Banderas has signed on to play real-life ballroom-dancing star Pierre Dulane in “Take the Lead.” The movie will focus on the dancer’s volunteer classes in the New York public school system. …

Sarah Jessica Parker will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in the romantic comedy “Failure to Launch.” Tom Dey (“Shanghai Noon”) is directing the movie, about a man who lives with his parents to scare away women. … Meanwhile, NASCAR has selected McConaughey as the grand marshal for the Daytona 500. The actor will direct drivers to start their engines at the February 20 race in Florida. …

Matthew Vaughn, the producer of Guy Ritchie‘s “Snatch” and “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” has made his directorial debut with “Layer Cake,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. “It’s much more in the vein of the original ‘Get Carter’ and the ’60s gangster movies [than Ritchie's movies],” said Daniel Craig, the British actor who stars as a drug dealer on his last job in “Layer Cake. “It’s a bit more serious.” … Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes recently toured Canada to promote their guest turn on their favorite TV show, “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” The final episode starring the duo better known as Jay and Silent Bob airs Monday on CTV. …

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