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Leonard DiCaprio flirting with Tarantino’s Django Unchained
Deadline says he’s in early talks for the role of Calvin Candie, an evil rancher with a female sex slave club. Keep in mind that were talking about an actor with major movie commitment issues, so take it how you want. Personally, I say anything is possible in Hollywood, but I’ll eat a bug if this actually happens. (Deadline)

Fox’s Daredevil reboot gets a writer
Familiar names and potential franchises are gold in Hollywood so another Daredevil was inevitable even though the first one sucked by most accounts and it didn’t make much money by superhero standards either. Anyway, now Brad Caleb Kane (TV’s Fringe) has the writing gig. (THR)

Apatow’s Knocked Up spin off takes on a raft of familiar and welcome faces
Chris O’Dowd who memorably played the cop in Bridesmaids, Lena Dunham who wrote, directed and stared in the indie Tiny Furniture (one of the better movies last year) and comic Charlene Yi who starred alongside Michael Cera in the sorta-mockumentary about love called Paper Heart all join Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann who are reprising their married couple from Knocked Up. Also: Wyatt Russell whom I’ve never heard of but who is apparently in Cowboys and Aliens. (Variety – firewall)

Who invited Reese Witherspoon?
DreamWorks did. They’ve picked up the rom-com pitch Who Invited Her? with Witherspoon attached to star as a bachelor party crasher. (THR)

Whether you want it or not, Tron: Legacy sequel has a writer
Basically, Disney spent way too money bringing Tron back to not follow it up with another one. David DiGilio has been hired on to write the screenplay. He previously wrote Eight Below which starred Paul Walker. (THR)

Whitley Strieber’s alien-abduction comic The Nye Incidents headed for big screen
Who the hell is Whitley Strieber? Well he wrote the novels The Hunger and Wolfen which were turned into horror flicks as was Communion which was based on his own purported experiences as an alien abductee. He’s also a semi-regular on Coast to Coast, the late night radio show formerly hosted by Art Bell with whom he co-wrote The Coming Global Superstorm which inspired the disaster flick The Day After Tomorrow. Got all that? (THR)

Corbin Bernsen added to Stephen Frears’ indie gambling comedy Lay the Favorite
The L.A. Law star joins a great cast including Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn and Rebecca Hall. (Variety – firewall)

Kodi Smit-McPhee in early negotiations for Romeo and Juliet with Hailee Steinfeld
Suddenly this project has two of the most promising young actors around. Smit-McPhee, who would play Romeo’s cousin Benvolio, was terrific in The Road and Let Me In while Ms. Steinfeld stormed on to the scene with an Oscar nomination for True Grit. Holly Hunter is also on board as Juliet’s nurse. The script is from Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). (Variety – firewall)

Michael Pena joins Penn, Gosling and Brolin in Gangster Squad
Pena is always good even in movies that aren’t, so this is good news. (THR)

Bridesmaids‘ Feig/Apatow reteam for new comedy at Uni
But no one knows anything about it so who cares? (Deadline)

Tom McCarthy to write supernatural family comedy Home Movies
The idea – man is able to go back and change events through his home movies – originated within DreamWorks. There’s no mention if McCarthy, the writer/director of The Station Agent, The Visitor and Win-Win (not to mention co-star of the final season of The Wire) will direct as well. Either way, that title has to change. Doesn’t it? (THR)

Set photos: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom
Yeah, I know. Set photos are always fairly boring and these are no exception. Still, I’m excited about Anderson’s latest starring Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton and apparently confirmed Harvey Keitel. (FilmStage)

Isabel Coixet to tackle deadly virus flick Marburg
Playwright Guillem Clua wrote the screenplay based upon his own play inspired by the real life case of a 1969 viral outbreak that killed 23 people in Marburg, Germany in 1967. The story interweaves four different stories, each connected and each taking place in a different town called Marburg. Ms. Coixet is probably best known in the U.S. for Elegy and The Secret Life of Words. (Variety – firewall)

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