Clint Eastwood gave himself quite a big-screen send-off with 'Gran Torino,' but it appears the Hollywood titan of industry isn't through with acting just yet. Deadline reports that he may take the lead role in 'Trouble With the Curve,' the directorial debut of his Malpaso Productions partner Robert Lorenz. The film follows an aging baseball scout losing his eyesight (Eastwood) who goes on a road trip to Atlanta with his daughter to check out a big prospect. Eastwood had planned to direct his remake of 'A Star is Born' with Beyonce next, but because of her pregnancy there's an open spot in his work calendar. No word yet on casting for the daughter, but it will surely be a coveted role should Eastwood decide to star. [Deadline]

Javier Bardem is in talks to join 'Despicable Me 2' as El Macho, the bad bad guy. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but with most of the original voice cast returning (including star Steve Carell), expect more of the same. Bardem played one of the scariest villains ever in 'No Country for Old Men,' a role that won him an Oscar. Let's assume he doesn't use a cattle gun in this one. [THR/Heat Vision]

Diablo Cody's directorial debut just got a lot sassier. 'The Help' star Octavia Spencer is in early negotiations to join Julianne Hough and Russell Brand in the Cody-penned film, formerly titled 'Lamb of God.' The film focuses on a young plane crash survivor (Hough) who loses her faith and goes to Las Vegas. If added, Spencer would play a card dealer at the casino where Brand's character works. [Variety]

Pray for Aubrey Plaza. The wonderful 'Parks and Recreation' deadpanner has joined 'A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III' opposite Charlie Sheen. Directed by Roman Coppola, 'Swan' is about a graphic designer-cum-ladies man (Sheen) who has his heartbroken and begins to reevaluate his life. Jason Schwartzman, Roman's cousin, co-stars. [Variety]

"Paul Walker has been tapped to star in the post-Hurricane Katrina thriller 'Hours.'" Now you know. [Deadline]

A "legendary director" will unveil a working-cut of his or her next film at the New York Film Festival on Monday. Guesses start with 'Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,' move over to 'Hugo' and end with 'Young Adult.' Your call? [Deadline]

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