Casting Roundup: McGregor, Cruz and Yelchin Get the Gigs

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All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

Ewan McGregor is looking to play the bad guy again, following his sleazy turn earlier this year in "Haywire." Deadline reports that the "Trainspotting" star is set to star in "Son of a Gun," an Australia crime thriller that chronicles the complex relationship between a notorious criminal (McGregor) and his young protege. That's not all for McGregor — he'll also be joining Kate Hudson for the showbiz comedy, "Born to Be King," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Penelope Cruz is going to teach us about clothes ... and murder! The "Bandidas" beauty is in talks to star in "Gucci," a drama about the Italian family behind the legendary clothing brand in which she would play Patrizia Reggiani, who was jailed for 29 years for allegedly ordering the 1995 murder of her ex-husband and heir to the family empire, Maurizio Gucci.

Anton Yelchin got the Girl Next Door in "Fright Night" ... and now he's going for the Mysterious Older Woman. Diane Kruger joins Yelchin for "5 To 7," a romantic drama about an aspiring novelist who's having an affair with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat. Deadline reports that "Mad Men" mad man Victor Levin will be directing from his own script.

The events of 9/11 are getting the "Twelve Angry Men" treatment, as Woody Harrelson, Martin Sheen, Ed Asner, John Heard, Esai Morales, Daniel Sunjata and even Judd Nelson (welcome back!) are set to star in "September Morn." According to Deadline, the film follows a group who revisits and questions the investigation into the September 11th attacks.

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Say what you will about "Crash" director Paul Haggis - the man can certainly put together a killer cast. Adrien Brody and Maria Bello are the latest thespians to join Haggis' latest, "Third Person," which also features Liam Neeson, James Franco, Kim Basinger, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde and many more in a story that chronicles three intersecting relationships in three separate cities: New York, Paris and Rome.

Ryan Reynolds married Blake Lively ... and now he'll fight the "Battle For Bonneville." Deadline reports that perhaps the luckiest man on the planet (he was also married to Scarlett Johansson for a while, too, ya know) will team up with his ex-wife's "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau for the story of Art and Walt Arfons, half-brothers who were rivals on the race track until they teamed up to set the world land speed record three times.

Well, this news should come as no surprise to anyone on planet Earth. The Playlist reports that longtime Wes Anderson collaborator Jason Schwartzman has booked a role in Anderson's latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

Time to start doing makeup tests for that epic birthmark, Comrade Christoph! Deadline reports that "Django Unchained" star Christoph Waltz will be playing Mikhail Gorbachev opposite Michael Douglas' Ronald Reagan in "Reykjavik," director Mike Newell's dramatization of the 1986 meeting between the two world leaders.

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Jim Carrey is planning to pull off one of the biggest heists in American history. The Wrap reports that the comedian is teaming up with "Napoleon Dynamite" director Jared Hess for "Loomis Fargo," the true crime story of four Southerners who stole $17 million from an armed Loomis Fargo truck in 1997.

Mackenzie Foy is already planning for her post-"Twilight" career. The young actress, who will be seen as Renesmee Cullen in "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," has joined the cast of "Wish You Well," the story of a girl who moves from New York to a Virginia farm to live in with her great-grandmother in the 1940s.

Do you think Mike Epps has what it takes to truly go Stir Crazy? The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the comedian has been cast as Richard Pryor himself in "Nina," the Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana as the legendary singer. Pryor opened for Simone in the early 1960s.

Aaron Paul got "Smashed' with Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Now he's channeling Maverick and Goose and feeling the "Need For Speed." Inside Movies reports that Paul is getting behind the wheel of the racing thriller inspired by the popular video game series of the same name.

It kind of sounds like Richard Bachman's "The Long Walk" but without the whole getting killed if you stop walking thing. Adam Brody, Wyatt Cenac, Josh Lawson, Danny Jacobs and Lauren Miller are in training for "Growing Up (and Other Lies)," the story of a young man who must fulfill his promise to his three best friends to walk the entire length of Manhattan in one day before he moves back to the Midwest to take over the family business.

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