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Walter Mitty rides again. James Thurber's classic character, so ably played by Danny Kaye in 1947's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' will come to the big screen again under the command of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' maestro Gore Verbinski. Fox, the latest in a long line of studios that have tried to do a remake of the film (following Samuel Goldwyn, Paramount and New Line) has signed Verbinski, thus signaling their serious stab at updating the tale of the mild-mannered, day-dreaming book editor who imagines all sorts of exciting lives for himself. According to a report in Variety, Verbinski could begin shooting 'Walter Mitty' as early as spring; the studio is now casting for the project. 'Walter Mitty' has been a buzz property in Hollywood for a couple of years, with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Chuck Russell interested in it. Actors who have found the Mitty part to their liking have included Jim Carrey and Owen Wilson. Walter Mitty rides again. James Thurber's classic character, so ably played by Danny Kaye in 1947's 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' will come to the big screen again under the command of 'Pirates of the Caribbean' maestro Gore Verbinski. Fox, the latest in a long line of studios that have tried to do a remake of the film (following Samuel Goldwyn, Paramount and New Line) has signed Verbinski, thus signaling their serious stab at updating the tale of the mild-mannered, day-dreaming book editor who imagines all sorts of exciting lives for himself. According to a report in Variety, Verbinski could begin shooting 'Walter Mitty' as early as spring; the studio is now casting for the project. 'Walter Mitty' has been a buzz property in Hollywood for a couple of years, with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Chuck Russell interested in it. Actors who have found the Mitty part to their liking have included Jim Carrey and Owen Wilson.

'Twilight's' Ashley Greene and 'Hung's' star Thomas Jane are getting ready to join Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore in 'LOL,' an English-language remake of the 2008 French comedy about a teenage girl who is dumped by her more sexually experienced boyfriend while her divorcee mother (Moore) struggles to move on with her life, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cyrus plays the teen girl, Moore plays her mother, Greene will play a high school bad girl and Jane will be Cyrus' father.

Fox's 'Rise of the Apes,' the buzzworthy prequel to 'Planet of the Apes,' just got its top banana: Andy Serkis has been cast in the key role of Caesar, the chimp who leads the uprising among the apes that leads to a war for supremacy between humans and the hairy primates. The film stars John Lithgow and James Franco as father and son scientists who raise Caesar. Serkis, you will recall, starred as Gollum in Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings' franchise Director Rupert Wyatt begins filming next month with a scheduled June 24, 2011 release date. [Variety]

Angela Bassett will star alongside Paula Patton in the ensemble comedy 'Jumping the Broom,' about two black families from different sides of the tracks who meet for the first time during a weekend wedding in Martha's Vineyard. Laz Alonso, Loretta Devine and Romeo Miller have also joined the cast. Bassett will play Patton's mother, Miller will play Patton's cousin and Alonso will play Patton's love interest. Shooting begins in early summer in Nova Scotia. [THR]

Martin Scorsese's live-action 3D adventure 'Hugo Cabret' just got a casting boost: Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths have joined the production, which also stars Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz and Helen McCrory. The film, which begins production Tuesday in London and Paris, is an adaptation of Brian Selznick's bestselling 2007 book, 'The Invention of Hugo Cabret,' about an orphan living in the walls of a Paris train station who encounters a variety of interesting people in the Metro. [THR]