Just yesterday we wrote about Paul Thomas Anderson gearing up production on his untitled religious film by adding 'Friday Night Lights' star Jesse Plemons and veteran character actor David Warshofsky to the cast. Now Deadline reports that Amy Adams has formally been set to star in the film as the wife of a charismatic ex-soldier, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who creates a religion for lost souls just after the end of World War II. The plot has some very striking similarities to Dianetics and the rise of Scientology in the 1950s and 60s.
Bradley Cooper will star opposite Ryan Gosling in the multi-generational crime drama 'The Place Beyond the Pines' that is being produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, according to Variety. Derek Cianfrance, who wrote and directed 'Blue Valentine,' will helm this tale about a pro motorcycle rider (Gosling) who turns to bank robberies to support his newborn son, when he crosses paths with a rookie police officer (Cooper) in a confrontation that spirals into a generational feud. The film will begin shooting in Schenectady, N.Y., at the end of July.
Susan Sarandon is playing sexy again (as if she couldn't). The Hollywood Reporter reports that the actress is in negotiations to play a hot teacher in the Adam Sandler comedy 'I Hate You, Dad,' which shoots in Boston this summer. The film centers on a father (Sandler) who moves in on the eve of the wedding of his son (Adam Samberg) and promptly begins feuding with the bride-to-be (Leighton Meester). He eventually gets involved with the sexy teacher (Sarandon). Also in the cast for the Sean Anders-directed film is Ian Ziering and Vanilla Ice (playing himself); Columbia is also in talks with James Caan, Will Forte and Milo Ventimiglia to join the cast.
Jennifer Hudson has come on board the Farrelly brothers production of 'The Three Stooges,' where she will play one of three nuns at the orphanage where the Stooges grow up. The other two nuns: Jane Lynch (as the Mother Superior) and Larry David (as Mother Mengele), according to Deadline. The Fox film has just begun production, with Chris Diamantopoulos starring as Moe, Sean Hayes as Larry and Will Sasso as Curly.
Universal has announced a November 18 release date for 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,' its Focus Features label adaptation of John le Carré's bestselling 1974 novel. The film, which stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Ciaran Hinds, follows retired MI6 agent George Smiley (Oldman) as he's drawn back into the spy game when an old colleague informs him there's a mole in the agency. 'Tinker' had a previous incarnation as a 1979 BBC miniseries starring Alec Guinness as Smiley.