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2011 has had no shortage of It-Girls (come on down, Elizabeth Olsen and Felicity Jones), but none can compare to Jessica Chastain. The possible Oscar nominee has featured in five films already this year ('The Tree of Life,' 'The Debt,' 'The Help,' 'Take Shelter' and 'Texas Killing Fields') and still has 'Coriolanus' coming in December. Busy! Chastain is poised to capitalize that fame in the way that young actresses do: by co-starring in a giant tentpole with Tom Cruise ('Horizons'), leading a horror film produced by Guillermo Del Toro ('Mama') and, perhaps, being cast in a major biopic. Chastain is attached to star as Princess Diana in 'Caught in Flight,' a sure-to-be controversial film about Diana's long-time relationship with Dr. Hasnat Kahn, "the love of her life." German director Oliver Hirschbiegel ('Downfall,' 'The Invasion') will direct, with the film already looking at shooting locations. Considering even Anne Thompson, who broke this news from the American Film Market, adds the caveat that many films pitched during the buying frenzy in California never happen, write this one down in pencil just to be safe. [indieWIRE/Thompson on Hollywood]

The list of young(ish) men who might play John McClane's son in 'A Good Day to Die Hard': Liam Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, James Badge Dale, D.J. Cotrona. Per THR, Hemsworth is in the lead, because that dude doesn't have enough franchises on his docket. [Deadline]

More possible casting! Tom Hiddleston and Benjamin Walker are reading for 'Winter's Tale,' a reincarnation period piece that writer/director Akiva Goldsman ('A Beautiful Mind,' 'I Am Legend') is trying to set up. Russell Crowe is "loosely attached" to play the villain. [THR]

And more! Ezra Miller ('We Need to Talk About Kevin') and Alden Eherenreich ('Tetro') are testing to play Tetsuo in 'Akira.' [THR]

Wondering why there is precious little buzz surrounding 'The Iron Lady'? Because The Weinstein Company hasn't revved up its "Meryl Streep for Oscar!" engines just yet; TWC announced on Sunday that 'The Iron Lady' will now get release on Dec. 30. It was originally scheduled for early December. [@WeinsteinFilms]

News! "I'd make anything with Eddie [Murphy]," says Brett Ratner. OK, then. [TheWrap]

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