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Susan Sarandon signs on to play Shia LaBeouf's mom in 'Wall Street 2,' Vin Diesel goes 'XXX' again, 'Soul Train' chugs toward the big screen, and more of today's top movie headlines. Susan Sarandon is in final negotiations to play Shia LaBeouf's mom in 'Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps,' Oliver Stone's sequel to his own 1987 hit. LaBeouf stars as a rookie trader who comes under the morally ambiguous tutelage of Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas, reprising his Oscar-winning role). [Variety]


Now that he's successfully rebooted the 'Fast and Furious' series, Vin Diesel is primed to reinvigorate another one of his old franchises. Ericson Core has been tapped to direct 'XXX: The Return of Xander Cage,' which will see Diesel reprise his role as the titular athlete-turned-government operative after sitting out 2005's 'XXX: State of the Union' (Ice Cube starred). Welcome back, Vin. [The Hollywood Reporter]


'Soul Train' is chugging its way to the big screen. Warner Bros. has hired Malcolm Spellman to write a 1980s-set feature film based on the classic TV show that ran from 1971-2006. While the series was known for featuring R&B music performances from greats such as Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin (pictured), the film will focus more on the show's role in the birth of hip-hop street dancing. [Variety]


A movie about Brian Epstein, the man who discovered and managed the Beatles from 1961 until 1967 (when he died of a drug overdose at the age of 32), is headed for the big screen. Produced by David Permut and written by Tony Gittelson, 'A Life in the Day' will chronicle Epstein's role in the formation of the band and their rise to stardom. [Variety]


After a trio of Hollywood action roles in 'The Forbidden Kingdom,' 'The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor' and Sly Stallone's upcoming 'The Expendables,' Jet Li is returning to his Chinese roots to star in 'Ocean Paradise,' his first Chinese-language film -- and non-kung-fu role -- since 2007. [The Hollywood Reporter]


'Grudge' director Takashi Shimizu has been hired to direct 'The Shock Labyrinth,' a live-action 3-D horror flick about a group of teens dealing with the shocking return of a friend they assumed to be dead. It's set at a theme park near Mount Fuji, so we're betting it will be heavy on the roller coaster thrills. [The Hollywood Reporter]