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The names of five young actors have popped to the top of the shortlist to play the new Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures' reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. Jamie Bell, Josh Hutcherson, Andrew Garfield, Alden Ehrenreich and Frank Dillane are now the apple of director Marc Webb's eye. According to HeatVision, these actors all fit in with the aim of Webb -- who spent several months meeting and reading with actors -- to cast relative unknowns in a story line that goes back to Parker's days at high school; it's being billed as "an angst-ridden tale of a teen dealing with the knowledge that his uncle died even though he had the power to stop it." The film was originally scheduled to begin production by year's end, but all concerned want to take their time choosing the right actor for the part. The names of five young actors have popped to the top of the shortlist to play the new Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures' reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. Jamie Bell, Josh Hutcherson, Andrew Garfield, Alden Ehrenreich and Frank Dillane are now the apple of director Marc Webb's eye. According to HeatVision, these actors all fit in with the aim of Webb -- who spent several months meeting and reading with actors -- to cast relative unknowns in a story line that goes back to Parker's days at high school; it's being billed as "an angst-ridden tale of a teen dealing with the knowledge that his uncle died even though he had the power to stop it." The film was originally scheduled to begin production by year's end, but all concerned want to take their time choosing the right actor for the part.

Jason Sudeikis is in final negotiations to join the cast of New Line's comedy 'Horrible Bosses,' which already includes Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Aniston, Colin Farrell, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the film, directed by Seth Gorodn, Sudeikis will join Bateman and Day as a trio of friends who conspire to murder each others' bosses, Aniston and Farrell. Sudeikis just finished starring in "Hall Pass," opposite Owen Wilson and co-stars in the romantic comedy "Going the Distance," which will be released in late August. The studio is aiming for a July 2011 release for 'Bosses.'

Cary Elwes has signed on to take the lead in Ivan Reitman's untitled comedy that already stars Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. The film -- previously known as "Friends With Benefits" -- centers on the question of whether two long-term friends can have a purely sexual relationship without falling in love, according to Variety. Elwes will play a physician who has a relationship with Portman's character. The Paramount film is scheduled for a Jan. 7 release. Elwes is playing George Harrison in Robert Zemeckis' re-imagining of the Beatles' 'Yellow Submarine' and also stars in the indie 'Flying Lessons,' which debuted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, the husband and wife producing team who successfully ran DreamWorks for 11 years before leaving the studio in 2005, are remaking the classic Carol Reed film 'The Fallen Idol,' which was based on a Graham Greene story (Greene also wrote the screenplay), according to a report at DeadlineHollywood. Greene and Reed made 'The Fallen Idol' in 1948, the year before they filmed the 'The Third Man.' The story centers on a young boy who idolizes his parents' butler, even after he sees the man cheating on his wife. When the wife dies accidentally, the boy believes the butler killed her and tries to protect him, almost leading to his arrest. David Farr, associate director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is writing the screenplay, which will update the story to present-day India through the eyes of an 11-year-old American.