After a lot of studio bad luck, the L.A. Times reports that Rashida Jones has finally found her leading man for her divorce dramedy, 'Celeste and Jesse,' and it's Andy Samberg. Yep, that's right -- the goofy SNL funnyman is going to get a little serious to play one half of a couple trying to stay friends after they get divorced. Jones, who co-wrote the script, says, "Our movie is about two people who love each other a ton, but they don't know what to do with that love, and how do you let that person go?" We've no idea how Samberg will fare with a little drama thrown into the mix, but we gotta give him credit for making a dramedy his second starring role. (Our apologies for originally forgetting 'Hot Rod.')
Benicio Del Toro, meanwhile, is getting into the drug trade. Deadline reports that the actor will play a drug enforcer in the upcoming Oliver Stone film 'Savages,' where two Laguna pot growers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) plan a huge robbery when their shared girlfriend is kidnapped by Mexican cartel matriarch (Salma Hayek). Del Toro is Hayek's muscle, and under the directorial eye of Oliver Stone, this sounds a whole lot better than 'The Three Stooges.'
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Brit Marling, the girl who took Sundance by storm when she co-wrote and starred in two films, has revealed her next three gigs, according to Slashfilm. First, there's Nicholas Jarecki's 'Arbitrage,' which will see her playing the daughter of a hedge fund magnate trying to cover his ass. It was once a triumvirate of Al Pacino, Eva Green and Susan Sarandon. Now it's Richard Gere, Marling and Sarandon -- a bit of a change. Second, there's Jamie Babbit's 'Breaking the Girl.' A lesbian make-out movie in the vein of 'Wild Things' doesn't exactly sound like the right pick for a strong, female DIY indie star, but it is coming from Jamie Babbit ('But I'm a Cheerleader') and Guinevere Turner ('American Psycho,' 'The Notorious Bettie Page'). Finally, there's 'The East,' where she'll re-team with 'Sound of My Voice' director Zal Batmanglij for the story of a woman who infiltrates a group of anarchists. This girl is on fire.
Lastly, Jamie Kennedy is making Armenian history. He's going to star alongside Angela Sarafyan (upcoming vampiress in 'Breaking Dawn') in the country's first "all-Armenian-financed" film, 'Lost and Found in Armenia.' The bilingual film will see Kennedy playing the son of a U.S. senator who meets an Armenian woman while on vacation. Presumably, hopefully, this won't be some ridiculous redo of 'Malibu's Most Wanted.'