Let the following story be either a cautionary tale, or a story of hope, one that carries the message: always pay your taxes. As you know, Wesley Snipes got into a wee bit of tax trouble last year. He was indicted last October, and arrested last December. Well, the thing is, he was supposed to star in Spike Lee's upcoming World War II drama, Miracle at St. Anna. According to Variety, he's withdrawn from the project "because it became too difficult for him to leave the U.S. and shoot in Italy while he fights federal tax-fraud charges." Gee, what a surprise!

This scenario is, however, probably the only one where it might be beneficial to ignore the rules. I mean, if he's found guilty (he pleaded not guilty), how else is he going to pay back the money? He'll have to dip into his piggy banks, or find work in the states, because Derek Luke has replaced him. (That's good for Luke, but there is a 12-year age difference between them... I'm not sure what the rationale is here.) The actor just played an Army Ranger in Lions for Lambs, and now he's going back in time to play one of four members of the U.S. Army's all-black 92nd Division -- who found themselves without their squad behind enemy lines. "The soldiers, bitter about racism and the feeling that their own government treats its enemy better than it does them, finds humanity in the small Tuscan village of St. Anna."

If you were a little apprehensive about the last casting announcement, the other ensemble players should sweeten the deal. Joining Luke are John Turturro, James Gandolfini, Michael Ealy (Barbershop 2: Back in Business), and two actors from Get Rich or Die Tryin', Omar Benson, and Tory Kittles. Considering the fact that the last three are young black men, I imagine they might be the other three soldiers.
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