Movie File: Ewan McGregor, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Gabrielle Union & More

McGregor in talks to play four roles — in one movie.

Now that he has safely delivered baby Luke Skywalker to Tatooine, Ewan McGregor is ready to sheathe his lightsaber and move back to his home planet once again. The “Star Wars” hero is in negotiations to headline an untitled comedy that will have him taking on a Jango Fett-like four different roles. In the movie, a 1930s film studio is trying to shoot a flick about the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which had Scottish forces rising up to overthrow their English oppressors. McGregor will play the movie’s star, his stand-in, and both of the 18th-century characters that they portray. In the movie-within-a-movie, McGregor’s star goes missing, and his stand-in is tricked into taking on the lead role. Let’s just hope that McGregor doesn’t really go missing, as attempting to understand such a scenario might result in even bigger headaches than figuring out the plot of this film, which will be written and directed by Peter Capaldi. …

Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, currently starring together in “The Longest Yard,” share a friendship that goes back more than a decade and a half. “Remember seeing me for the first time?” Sandler joked with his friend. “A peep show,” Rock said. “I put in a quarter, there he was.” The two came up together on the competitive comedy-club circuit of the early ’90s (“I was threatened by him,” Rock remembered. “He was new in my club. I was there first”), shared time as cast members on “Saturday Night Live” and went on to become massively successful A-list comedians. Now they will team up again to make “The Gilmores of Beverly Hills,” a comedy co-written by Rock that tells the story of a low-income family struggling to survive in the affluent California neighborhood. Rock will play a limo driver in the film, scheduled to shoot this fall, while Sandler will produce. “We were the Young Guns,” said Sandler of the duo’s first brush with national publicity. “We were [in] Comedy USA Magazine when we were like 17 and 18. We were called the ‘Young Guns of Comedy.’ ” They may be older guns now, but the two friends are still firing off some powerful ammunition, as evidenced by the almost $60 million that “Yard” took over the weekend. …

The next time you see Michael Clarke Duncan, don’t be surprised if there’s a lot less of him. “I’m a lot smaller, my stomach has gone down and I’m down to an extra-large now,” said the still-enormous actor, who has turned his fluff into buff while losing nearly a hundred pounds. “[I’m] down from 350 to 265, 270. I lost it on my own. I wanted to start doing a lot of old-school training. I got me in some really good shape.” Duncan says while he was at first offended when his handlers came to him suggesting weight loss, he can already see a change in the scripts crossing his desk. “At the beginning of my career, I was the big guy all the time, and I didn’t mind that. But there comes a transition where you have to change some things, so now I can leave those big-guy roles to the next guy coming up. I want to do some romantic stuff now, maybe show off my stomach a little bit.” …

Sick of driving that broken-down Dodge Stratus? If you’re looking to upgrade your wheels to something that would make Vin Diesel want to ride shotgun, go to OnlineAuction.com, where you can get your very own car from “The Fast and the Furious” for the rock-bottom price of $95,000. The souped-up Toyota Supra, memorably crashed into a billboard after a bridge stunt scene, has been restored to its original condition and comes with a rear spoiler autographed by “Furious” star Paul Walker and his stunt driver. …

Actors often say the best part of their job is the opportunity to temporarily disappear into a different lifestyle. For “Honeymooners” actress Gabrielle Union, her next role, in the film adaptation of the bestselling “Running With Scissors,” is offering a career’s worth of such immersion. “I’m a lesbian,” she said. “It’s the first time I get to be a lesbian, and I’m so excited! My girlfriend is Annette Bening, and I play this speed freak, manic-depressive, crazy woman who comes into her life and wreaks havoc on her family. I don’t ever get to play these characters, so I’m having a ball.” …

With the teaser trailer for Ron Howard‘s upcoming film version of “The Da Vinci Code” currently building buzz in theaters worldwide, the expected enthusiasm is already being accompanied by an equally anticipated response: controversy. “It certainly hasn’t seemed to matter in terms of book sales,” said Howard of the “Da Vinci” story line, which is built on abundant religious speculation. “Whether it matters with movie sales or not, I don’t know. How the movie will be viewed versus the novel — I can’t even speak to that. But it’s a great piece of material to be adapting for the movies, and it’s already a fascinating creative experience for me.” The mystery-fueled drama is scheduled to unravel in theaters next year. …

“If you’re voted off this show,” you can almost imagine Kevin Spacey saying, “You go ‘poof,’ and just like that, you’re gone.” The “Usual Suspects” star will be playing himself on “Going Hollywood,” a reality series airing this fall on cable channel TLC. The Oscar-winning actor/director will serve as a mentor to show-business interns attempting to get their careers off the ground. Spacey will be joined by legendary film producer Robert Evans and rapper/actor Method Man. Contestants will no doubt be hoping that Spacey doesn’t revert back to his character in “Swimming With Sharks,” Buddy Ackerman, the assistant-berating studio executive who occasionally paused from hurling insults to throw coffee mugs instead. …

When young actors talk about the directors they’re dying to work for, the name David Gordon Green always seems to come up. All the more reason, then, that buzz-worthy young star Emile Hirsch (“Imaginary Heroes”) is excited about working with the visually innovative director of “George Washington” and other underground classics. “It’s called ‘Goat,’ it’s all about college hazing,” he said of the movie, based on the critically acclaimed book of the same name. “I play Brad Land. I’m a junior pledging to be in a fraternity. You’ll see the inside world of it.” Hirsch said Green hopes to begin shooting in September. …

Russell Crowe is holding out hope that the film he intended to make with Nicole Kidman will someday be revived. ” ‘Eucalyptus’ needs to get back into the pool of possible scripts that Fox may or may not finance,” he said of the film, whose production was interrupted earlier this year. “Then when it gets back to that point, we need to try and convince them again why they should pursue something that they have already thrown a lot of money into and hasn’t worked.” Still, Crowe insists that the two Australians will someday be seen together onscreen: “The whole idea of working with Nicole, I think, is a great idea. And we really want to do it before we’re too much older.”

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