Goran Visnjic has joined the cast of David Fincher's adaptation of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.' The former 'ER' star will play the CEO of the security firm that Lisbeth Salander, the girl of the title, works for in the beginning of the three book series by Stieg Larsson. Rooney Mara stars as Salander and Daniel Craig stars as Mikael Blomkvist, the investigative journalist who works with Salander on a story. Sony will release the film this December. [Deadline]
File this under All in the Family: Summit Entertainment is in negotiations with Melissa Rosenberg -- the sole screenwriter on the studio's 'Twilight' trilogy -- to pen the script for Summit's remake of the 1986 'Highlander.' That film also dealt with the immortal, in this case a Scottish swordsman who discovers he is part of a secret race of near-immortal beings. Before 'Twilight,' Rosenberg was a writer/co-executive producer on Showtime's dark drama 'Dexter.' Justin Lin of 'Fast & Furious' (2009) will direct. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Sony has approached Glee creator Ryan Murphy to direct the studio's re-imagining of the Broadway musical 'Annie,' with Willow Smith playing the lead role, according to Deadline. Smith, of course, is the daughter of Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, who will be producing the project along with their Overbrook Entertainment and Jay-Z. Murphy is a hot musical property now, coming off the success of 'Glee': According to Deadline, he's been courted by Fox for a 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' remake and by Universal for a film version of Broadway's 'Wicked.'
Deadline also reports that Warner Bros. is close to making a deal to put up the money for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby.' With Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan set to star, this is shaping up to be one of the most interesting and exciting projects that has crossed our screen in a long time. Luhrmann has a knack for massaging the sadness at the center of the works he adapts for stage and screen, be it 'La Bohème' or 'Moulin Rouge!' and we can't wait to see how he plumbs the tragedy at the heart of 'Gatsby.'