Taylor Lautner Joins Gus Van Sant’s Next Movie

Taylor Lautner wasn’t able to work with Gus Van Sant on “Breaking Dawn,” so now he’s created his own project for the director to helm.

MTV News reports that Lautner optioned a nonfiction article from The New Yorker, and has convinced Van Sant to direct it for him. “Milk” scribe Dustin Lance Black will pen the project, with Lautner in the lead role. Little more is known about the film, but it will be Lautner’s first dramatic role to date.

Check out the rest of today’s casting news after the jump!

Amanda Seyfried And Peter Sarsgaard Eye “Lovelace”
Why only have one Linda Lovelace biopic when you can have two? Variety has learned that Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard are being courted by directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman to star as Linda Lovelace and her abusive, pornographer husband Chuck Traynor in their appropriately titled biopic, “Lovelace.” Malin Akerman and Matt Dillon star in Matthew Wilder’s take on the story, “Inferno.”

Joel Edgerton In Talks For “300: Battle Of Artemisia”
Casting is coming together for Warner Bros’ “300: Battle of Artemisia.” Vulture is reporting that director Noam Murro is trying to bring Joel Edgerton on board to play Themosticles, a famous archon and general who led the Greeks to victory against the Persians back in 480 BCE. Zack Snyder, director of “300,” is still on board to co-write the script based on Frank Miller’s upcoming follow-up graphic novel.

Mark Wahlberg, Zoe Saldana And Marion Cotillard Circling “Blood Ties”
Here’s one more for Mark Wahlberg’s long list of upcoming films. Screen Daily and The Playlist have learned that Wahlberg, Marion Cotillard and Zoe Saldana are interested in starring in French actor Guillaume Canet’s English-language directorial debut, “Blood Ties.” The movie follows the story of two brothers, one a cop and one a criminal fresh out of prison, set in the 1970s. Wahlberg would play one of the cops. It’s a remake of the 2008 French film “Les Liens Du Sang” that Canet starred in. Apparently Canet may costar in this film as well.

Steve Carell To Produce And Star In “Conviction”
Deadline is reporting that former “The Office” star Steve Carell is going to produce and star in the upcoming heist film “Conviction.” The action comedy follows an imprisoned master bank robber forced by the FBI to entrap his protégé, who plans on conducting a multimillion-dollar heist. No word yet on when the movie will go in front of the camera.

Noomi Rapace And Colin Farrell Unite In “Dead Man Down”
Fans hoping for a reunion of Noomi Rapace and Swedish “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” director Niels Arden Oplev need wait no longer. Deadline has the news that the two will be working together on the revenge thriller “Dead Man Down,” which also stars Colin Farrell. He plays the right-hand man to NYC’s underground crime lord, and ends up being seduced and blackmailed by a crime victim seeking retribution. The synopsis concludes that “their intense chemistry leads them spiraling into payback delivered in violent catharsis.” It should begin shooting in early 2012.

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