Danny Glover circles '2012'

10:00 PM PST 06/01/2008 by Leslie SImmons, Borys Kit

Thandie Newton, Oliver Platt also in talks for disaster film

Danny Glover, Thandie Newton and Oliver Platt may be making a date with "2012."

The actors are in discussions to join Columbia's epic disaster project, which Roland Emmerich is directing.

"2012" centers on a global cataclysm and tells the heroic struggle of the survivors.

Glover is in talks to play the president, with Newton in discussions to play his daughter. Platt is in negotiations to play the president's chief of staff.

John Cusack and Chiwetel Ejiofor already are on board.

Emmerich is directing a script he penned with his "10,000 BC" co-writer Harald Kloser. He is serving as an exec producer with Michael Wimmer and Ute Emmerich.

Kloser is producing with Mark Gordon and Larry Franco. Columbia's Matt Tolmach and Rachel O'Connor are overseeing for the studio.

"2012" was shopped around with a $200 million budget, but Columbia said it will be made for less than that.

The studio is planning a July 10, 2009, release, with filming set to begin in July -- unless there is an actors strike.

Glover, who is set to make his directorial debut with "Toussaint," is repped by ICM and Jeff Monroe Management.

Newton, who is repped by WMA and Magnolia Entertainment, is now filming Oliver Stone's "W," playing Condoleezza Rice.

Platt recently finished Judd Apatow's "Year One" for Columbia and is filming an untitled Nicole Holofcener project for Sony Pictures Classics. He's repped by Endeavor.
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