Following up on last week’s report that the Oscar-winning actress was in talks for a role in Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” comes word from Deadline that Weisz is in even deeper talks to join Jeremy Renner in “The Bourne Legacy.” No details on who Weisz would be playing, sadly, and it’s possible that she won’t be able to pursue both projects due to overlapping shooting schedules. As always, stay tuned.
There’s plenty more casting news past the jump, including Alec Baldwin’s potential departure from “Rock of Ages” and Kiefer Sutherland’s latest heist!
Baldwin Stops the “Rock”
Lots of comings and goings on “Rock of Ages,” and Alec Baldwin is the latest actor looking to exit stage right. Deadline reports that Baldwin has asked New Line to replace him “if at all possible” in the movie, a desire that seemingly stems from “a newly discovered medical condition.” His official departure from the film remains unconfirmed at this time.
Give Sutherland a “Hand”
He’s not Jack Bauer again — not yet, at least — but Kiefer Sutherland is nonetheless swinging into the thick of the action once more. The “24” star is headlining “Sleight of Hand,” a heist film about small-time crooks in France who come into possession of a rare artifact. Variety reports that Gerard Depardieu, Tom Jane, Jon Lovitz and others are also set to star.
Hawke Totally Recalls
With every passing week, the Colin Farrell-led “Total Recall” remake inches closer and closer to reality. This time, it’s “Gattaca” actor Ethan Hawke who’s joining the cast of the sci-fi reboot, though THR reports that his role is only “cameo in nature.”
Eckhart Hunts “Pan”
Well, this is different: Aaron Eckhart is reportedly playing Captain Hook in a reimagining of “Peter Pan” that arms Hook with a detective badge and tasks him with tracking down a child-like kidnapper. AnnaSophia Robb plays Wendy, the only survivor of the kidnapper’s advances, while Sean Bean is playing Smee, Hook’s only ally on the police force, Collider reports.
Schreiber Is “The Bleeder”
Robots aren’t the only ones who can box, you know. “Real Steel” star Hugh Jackman’s “Wolverine” rival Live Schreiber is about to get in the ring himself for a new project called “The Bleeder,” based on the true story of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner. Wepner was the initial inspiration behind the “Rocky” series. Naomi Watts and Christina Hendricks are also attached to star.
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