The Year of Jessica Chastain continues. The ubiquitous actress ('The Tree of Life,' 'The Help,' 'The Debt,' 'Coriolanus,' and 'Texas Killing Fields') has grabbed one of the female leads opposite Tom Cruise in the sci-fi action film formerly known as 'Oblivion' and 'Horizons.' The untitled pic is a bit like 'WALL*E': in the future, a solider is stationed on a destroyed Earth when he encounters a mysterious woman who helps change his perspective. Joseph Kosinski ('Tron Legacy') wrote the script and will direct. [Variety]

The Robert Luketic-directed diamond heist thriller 'Brilliant' may soon have a leading man: Eric Bana is in negotiations to grab a starring role in the film, about a small-time criminal who gets in league with professional diamond thieves. Brilliant? [Variety]

It's a 'Take Shelter' reunion! Director Jeff Nichols has cast 'Take Shelter' star Michael Shannon in his next film 'Mud,' opposite Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey. Sam Shepard and Sarah Paulson have also been added to the cast. [Deadline]

Deadline reports that Kevin Costner is out of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' due to scheduling conflicts, something you probably knew already. [Deadline]

Good news for Jacki Weaver fans: the Australian actress and Best Supporting Actress nominee has been added to the cast of 'The Silver Lining Playbook' opposite Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; she'll play Cooper's onscreen mother. The David O. Russell-directed film will shoot later this year. [THR]

'Blaze You Out,' a dramatic thriller along the lines of 'Winter's Bone' and 'Frozen River,' began shooting in New Mexico this week. Former Disney executive Alicia Keyes Touche produces. [Press Release]

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