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Whoopi GoldbergDirector Nicole Kassell has found God by way of Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg.

According to the Hollywood Reporter (by way of IMDB), Goldberg has signed on to play the man -- er, woman -- above in Kassell's new "cancer romance" movie 'Earthbound,' starring Kate Hudson as a cancer-stricken woman who falls in love with her doctor (Gael García Bernal).

Also joining the cast is another Oscar winner -- Kathy Bates, who is fresh off her role in the Best Picture-nominated 'Blind Side.' Details on Bates' role have yet to be released.

The eclectic cast is rounded out by Romany Malco, Rosemarie DeWitt, Treat Williams, Steven Weber, and British actress Lucy Punch, who has a slate of comedies coming out later this year. Whoopi GoldbergDirector Nicole Kassell has found God by way of Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg.

According to the Hollywood Reporter (by way of IMDB), Goldberg has signed on to play the man -- er, woman -- above in Kassell's new "cancer romance" movie 'Earthbound,' starring Kate Hudson as a cancer-stricken woman who falls in love with her doctor (Gael García Bernal).

Also joining the cast is another Oscar winner -- Kathy Bates, who is fresh off her role in the Best Picture-nominated 'Blind Side.' Details on Bates' role have yet to be released.

The eclectic cast is rounded out by Romany Malco, Rosemarie DeWitt, Treat Williams, Steven Weber, and British actress Lucy Punch, who has a slate of comedies coming out later this year.

Kassell, who in recent years has been directing episodes of various TV shows including 'The Closer,' is best known for helming 2004's hard-hitting 'The Woodsman,' which starred Kevin Bacon as a pedophile who tries to start a new life.

'Earthbound,' which was scripted by Gren Wells, seems to be a move in a different direction for the Film Department, the production company that gave us 'Law Abiding Citizen' last year. Let's hope it's a smart one; Kate Hudson could certainly use a winner after 'Nine.'