A few roles are still open, but "Meet the Fockers" is scheduled to begin shooting in April. "It's coming along," Ben Stiller said of the "Meet the Parents" sequel. "Dustin Hoffman's playing my father. We're hoping Barbra Streisand plays the mother. It's meeting my parents, that's what happens, and high jinks ensue." So will Stiller's "Starsky & Hutch" co-star Owen Wilson return? "If the money's right, I'll be there," he joked. "That means he won't be back," Stiller replied. ...

Ashton Kutcher will voice a deer and Martin Lawrence a grizzly bear in the upcoming animated feature "Open Season." Debra Messing will provide the voice of a forest ranger who rescues the bear and raises him. ... Marg Helgenberger of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" fame is returning to the big screen for the first time since 2000's "Erin Brockovich." She'll play the wife of Dennis Quaid's character in the Weitz brothers' ("American Pie") comedy "Synergy" about a young boss (Topher Grace) who has an affair with the daughter (Scarlett Johansson) of his older employee (Quaid). Selma Blair is playing Grace's unhappy wife in the film, which also stars Philip Baker Hall ("Magnolia"), Clark Gregg ("The Human Stain") and David Paymer ("Alex and Emma"). ...

Barry Pepper, the "25th Hour" star who portrayed Roger Maris in the 2001 HBO movie "61*," has signed on to play another sports hero. Pepper will take on the title role in "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story," which he will also co-executive produce for ESPN. Production will begin in the summer, with an airdate expected in December. The sports network has also green-lit the Pete Rose biopic "Hustle," which will premiere in September. A star is not yet attached. ... In other NASCAR movie news, Disney is developing a remake of "Herbie the Love Bug" set in the racing world. Angela Robinson, who directed the Sundance Film Festival favorite "D.E.B.S.," will direct when shooting starts in June. ...

"Sex and the City" executive Michael Patrick King is in discussions with HBO to make a movie that would pick up where the series finale recently left off. HBO would not comment on whether Sarah Jessica Parker and her TV co-stars would return. ... Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone is making the opposite move, going from big screen to small. He and "Survivor" creator Mark Burnett are developing a boxing reality series called "The Contender" for NBC's fall lineup. Sly will appear on the show and has hinted he might even get in the ring. ...

Sam Rockwell has joined the cast of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." The "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" star will play Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed president of the galaxy. ... Actor-turned-singer Billy Bob Thornton will be joined by singer-turned-actor Tim McGraw in "Friday Night Lights," about a Texas town's devotion to its high school football team. McGraw will play the alcoholic father of one of the players. ...

Queen Latifah is developing a remake of the 1974 thriller "Truck Turner," which originally starred Isaac Hayes in the title role of a bounty hunter on the run from the girlfriend of his most recent victim. Latifah is expected to star, though a cast has not yet been announced. ... In other remake news, Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne have been cast in "Assault on Precinct 13," which John Carpenter originally made in 1976. The film follows a police captain (Hawke) as he fights off a gang trying to free a mobster (Fishburne) temporarily incarcerated in his building. ...

Eugene Levy ("American Pie") has been cast as a clueless salesman in the middle of an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms sting led by Samuel L. Jackson in "The Man," which shoots later in the year. ... Dominique Swain ("Face/Off") has joined Thora Birch, Jena Malone, Marla Sokoloff and Anna Faris in the indie drama "Vinyl," which follows the girlfriends of guys in a rock band on the verge of success. Swain will play a groupie pursuing the singer in the movie, which shoots in March. ...

Wesley Snipes will narrate "Hardwood Dreams: Ten Years Later," a sequel to a documentary he voiced in 1993 about the five stars on the California State Champion Morningside High School basketball team. All were recruited by big schools, but their lives have not gone as planned. ... Loretta Devine ("Boston Public") and Donald Faison ("Uptown Girls") have joined the cast of "King's Ransom," which stars Anthony Anderson as a man who arranges his own kidnapping to foil his gold-digging wife's scheme. ...