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'Pope' vests Wokalek

German actress Johanna Wokalek ("Barefoot") will replace Franke Potente as the 9th century female pontiff in Constantin Films' long-gestating "Pope Joan." The change is the latest in a long litany of delays and talent changes that have plagued the adaptation of Donna Cross' international best-seller. Scheduling conflicts forced Potente to pull out. Principal photography on "Pope Joan" is set to begin in August, for a planned 2009 release.

keeping the faith

Jim Carrey, Deepak Chopra and more than 100 international religious leaders and nonbelievers worldwide will appear in Emmanuel Itier's feature documentary "The Invocation." Lightning Entertainment's Rich Goldberg and Richard Guardian are repping international sales rights to the project, which features interviews with everyone from "Peaceful Warrior" author Dan Millman to the Church of Satan's Peter Gilmore examining issues surrounding faith. Lightning's Cannes slate also includes Jada Pinkett Smith's "The Human Contract" and the thriller "Anamorph," starring Willem Dafoe.

Magnolia under U.S. 'Surveillance'

Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to Jennifer Lynch's Out of Competition Cannes entry "Surveillance" for release through its Magnet genre label. The film, starring Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond and executive produced by the director's father, helmer David Lynch, will premiere May 21 at the fest. A fall release is planned.
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