In a rare bit of weekend casting news, Production Weekly reported last night that Antonio Banderas and Annette Bening (which, for some reasons, strikes me as a vary odd pair) will play the lead roles in Homeland Security -- not to be confused, mind you, with Homeland Insecurity, a Robert J. Siegel-penned comedy spec recently picked up by Miramax. The film is being called "a mystery in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief," a description that, if it's actually accurate, could be promising indeed. There's nothing wrote with pretty people flirting over a robbery or two, right? The problem, of course, is that when today's Hollywood tries to follow that path, the results tend be things like The Real McCoy and Entrapment, so it's anyone's guess how this one will turn out.

The film was written and will be directed by George Gallo, a man who, though he is to blame for the "story" behind Bad Boys and the screenplay for Double Take, also wrote Midnight Run, which is a very good thing indeed. Production is set to begin in Louisiana this fall.