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James McAvoy and Seth Rogen team up for 'I'm With Cancer,' Robert Redford is set to direct a movie about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Brad Pitt will not play Moriarty in 'Sherlock Holmes,' and more of today's top movie headlines. James McAvoy has signed on for his first starring role since '08's action hit 'Wanted.' He'll play a 25-year-old man battling cancer in the movie formerly entitled 'I'm With Cancer,' written by Will Reiser and based on his own fight against the disease. Seth Rogen will produce and co-star, and Nicole Holofcener will direct. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Disney child star Virginia Davis, who originated the title role in the Mouse House's groundbreaking 'Alice' series of films (which combined live action and animation, and predated Mickey Mouse), died of natural causes on Saturday at her home in Corona, Calif. She was 90. [The Hollywood Reporter]


Robert Redford will tackle the assassination of Abraham Lincoln when he directs 'The Conspirator.' The indie drama tells the story of Mary Surratt, who allegedly conspired with John Wilkes Booth to kill the president. James McAvoy is said to be up for one of the lead roles, possibly that of Frederick Aiken, a Union hero who defends Surratt in court and ultimately comes to believe in her innocence. [Risky Biz Blog]


Sorry to disappoint, Sherlock Holmes fans, but Brad Pitt is not (repeat: NOT) joining Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie's upcoming action flick. According to Warner Bros., a report in London's Daily Mirror that Pitt would play Holmes' arch-nemesis Moriarty is "completely inaccurate." Too bad. [MTV News]


Lionsgate has snapped up U.S. and Canadian distribution rights for 'Kick-Ass,' paying an estimated $45 million for director Matthew Vaughn's violent, irreverent, buzzed-about action-comedy. The film, which centers on a comics-obsessed teen who decides to become a real-life superhero (despite, you know, not having superpowers), will get a wide release in 2010. [Variety]


Fox has tapped screenwriter Martin Hynes to adapt Kate DiCamillo's young-adult novel 'The Magician's Elephant' for the big screen. The story follows the adventures of an orphan boy after a fortune teller predicts that an elephant will lead the boy to his long-lost sister. [Variety]


Josh Lucas, Terrence Howard and Lake Bell will star in the indie thriller 'Little Murder,' about a disgraced detective (Lucas) who gets a shot at redemption when the ghost of a gorgeous cellist asks for his help in finding her murderer. [Variety]