Newsreel (W/e 5 May 2013)

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James Franco has signed on to direct & star in an adaptation of Andre Dubus III’s The Garden of Last Days.

 

A new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is in the works with Michael Fassbender to star & Snowtown director Justin Kurzel to helm.

 

Jamie Foxx is in talks to play Daddy Warbucks in Will Gluck’s musical adaptation Annie, although he will be renamed Benjamin Stacks.

 

Kevin Costner is set to star & produce the indie drama Black and White for director Mike Binder.

 

Jon Hamm joins the cast of Minions, the Universal Pictures animation is a spin-off of Despicable Me.

 

Sharlto Copley has been cast in District 9 director Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie.

 

Downton Abbey’s Lily James has been cast in the lead role of Disney’s Cinderella.

 

Michael Mann set to direct Agincourt, an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell’s 2008 novel.

 

Bradley Cooper is the latest cast member to leave the production of troubled western Jane Got a Gun. Ewan McGregor has now stepped into the role.

 

Robert De Niro is to star in Candy Store from Syriana director Stephen Gaghan.

 

Jason Bateman stars in a mysterious new Walt Disney Animation, which is an animal comedy to be directed by Tangled’s Byron Howard.

 

Despicable Me 2 has lost one of its leading voice talents, as Al Pacino has departed the project over creative differences. Benjamin Bratt replaces him.

 

Men in Black 4 is now on development.

 

Iron Man 3 takes a big dent into the U.S. box-office.

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