Now that 'The King's Speech' has catapulted Colin Firth into leading man status, the British actor has chosen as his next film 'Stoker,' a family mystery-drama that South Korean filmmaker Chan Wook-Park ('Old Boy') is making as his first English-language movie, according to the Los Angeles Times. Nicole Kidman is also negotiating for a lead part in the film. 'Stoker,' written by actor Wentworth Miller, revolves around a girl, India Stoker, played by Mia Wasikowska, and her mother, who are visited by a mysterious uncle after the girl's father dies. Kidman would play the mother and Firth the uncle. The Fox Searchlight film will begin shooting in late spring.

It's been more than three years since rumors began popping up about a fifth entry in the popular 'Die Hard' series, but now those rumors may be coming true -- Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is hiring commercials director Noam Murro to helm the film, which has already been scripted by Skip Woods. 'Die Hard 5' would be nothing without Bruce Willis as New York cop John McClane, and the studio is looking to make a deal with him. Willis, who is pushing 56, is said to be excited about the project, and certainly won't let his age get in the way of his action role -- it didn't in the recent 'Red' (and neither did age stop Sylvestor Stallone from being a mean mercenary in 'The Expendables' -- and working on 'The Expendables II' -- he'll turn 65 this July).

Gerard Butler is going to hang ten for Curtis Hanson, who is directing 'Mavericks,' a drama about famed surfer Jay Moriarity of Santa Cruz who attempted to ride the Northern California breaks that, during the winter, rise to the heights of five-story buildings. Butler would play Moriarity's mentor and trainer. [Deadline]

As predicted in the offline and online entertainment trades, Charlize Theron is in final talks to star in Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus,' which began as a prequel to 'Alien' and is now a stand-alone sci-fi project. Theron will star opposite Noomi Rapace, and Michael Fassbender in the 20th Century Fox film slated for a June 8, 2012, release. [The Hollywood Reporter]

David Slade is a sucker for vampires -- the '30 Days of Night' and 'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' director is in talks to helm 'The Last Voyage of the Demeter,' a vampire saga loosely based on Bram Stoker's 'Dracula.' Demeter was the name of the ship that transported the count from Transylvania to London, and the script places the voyage at the center of a tale in which a crew is slaughtered one-by-one by a mysterious passenger. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the lead role is not cast but Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are attached to co-star.

New York Magazine reports that Christopher Nolan has decided on his next project after 'The Dark Knight Rises' -- the director wants to pick up his long-delayed Howard Hughes project that he abandoned when he found out that Martin Scorsese was readying 'The Aviator' for release in 2004. Nolan's film is based on Michael Drosnin's 'Citizen Hughes: The Power, the Money and the Madness' and would focus on the last decades of Hughes' life, when he turned inward, developed OCSD, and became a recluse from reality. Nolan wants to film in late 2012 for a 2014 release.

According to the Associated Press, Elizabeth Taylor has been hospitalized for treatment of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Taylor, who is 78, has had the condition since 2004. According to her spokeswoman, Sally Morrison, it's unknown how long she might be in the hospital.
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