Variety reports that Adam Beach has joined the all-star cast of Jon Favreau's 'Cowboys and Aliens,' a sci-fi Western about a group of Apache Indians and Western settlers who have to come together when an alien spaceship crash-lands in their territory. The film, based on the popular 2006 graphic novel, stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano. Beach will play a half-Apache who works for Ford's character. The DreamWorks/Universal film will begin shooting this summer for a July 29, 2011 release.
Paul Rudd will bring sunshine into the lives of three women in the comedy 'My Idiot Brother,' directed by Jesse Peretz. Rudd stars as the title character who crashes into the homes of his three ambitious sisters and, in succession, brings truth, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives while also wreaking havoc. Although the three sisters have yet to be cast, production is set to begin in July in New York City. [THR]
Hope Davis has joined the cast of DreamWorks' 'Real Steel,' a science-fiction action film about a future in which boxing is taken over by robots and a former human boxer teams with his long-lost son to train the perfect contender for the high-tech sport. Already aboard are Hugh Jackman, James Rebhorn, Olga Fonda, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand and Anthony Mackie. The film, directed by Shawn Levy, begins filming later this month. [Variety]
Katia Winter will take on the female lead in 'Deathgames,' an independent action movie about the savage world of modern gladiator fighting, in which men battle to the death for online entertainment. Samuel L. Jackson stars as the impresario behind the games, Kellan Lutz stars as a young man kidnapped and forced to participate in the games, and Winter will play a siren who lures potential gladiators into the fold ... until she falls for Lutz, helping him gain the upper hand in the ring. [THR]
Brad Pitt has decided to get into the newspaper business -- on film, at least, according to Deadline Hollywood. His Plan B production company has acquired the rights to 'The Imperfectionists,' a novel published this spring by Dial Press about life, love and ambition among the editors and reporters of a wire service bureau in Italy. The book was written by Tom Rachman, a former AP reporter who worked in Rome. The film is being set up by Reliance, which has a production deal with Plan B.
Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning writer of 'Milk,' has been tapped by Warner Bros. to write and direct '3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man,' a Dark Horse Comics graphic novel by Matt Kindt, which the studio has just picked up. According to HeatVision, the graphic novel explores the life of a giant man whose strange medical condition causes continuous growth until he becomes three stories high. The story is told from the point of view of three women -- his mother, wife and daughter.
Renee Zellweger has acquired feature rights to former New York City nightlife impresario Brantly Martin's novel 'Pillage,' about four best friends living in Manhattan who rebel against their dead-end lives by searching for the perfect party in the downtown nightlife scene, according to Variety. Zellweger will produce and John Krokidas ('Slo-Mo') will direct, with shooting to begin next year in New York City. No word on casting yet. [Variety]
Cinematographer William Fraker, who shot the famous chase scene in 'Bullitt' and worked as DP on numerous other films, including 'Rosemary's Baby,' 'The President's Analyst,' 'Paint Your Wagon,' 'Looking for Mr. Goodbar' and 'Heaven Can Wait,' died May 31 in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 86. During his long career, which began in 1961, Fraker was nominated for an Oscar for 'Mr. Goodbar,' 'Heaven Can Wait,' '1941,' 'War Games' and 'Murphy's Romance.' He also did some directing, most notably 'Monte Walsh,' starring Lee Marvin and Jeanne Moreau, as well as episodes of TV series including 'Walker, Texas Ranger' and 'Wiseguy.' [Variety]