Hot Cannes Castings

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Oscar winner Colin Firth (CAA, the U.K.'s Independent Talent Group) will star opposite Emily Blunt (CAA, the U.K.'s Ken McReddie, Sloane Offer) in an untitled dark comedy from commercials director Dante Ariola. It was written by Becky Johnston, who will produce alongside Cross Creek Pictures' Brian Oliver and Alisa Tager. Firth and Blunt play a couple that breaks into empty houses to steal the identities of absent owners.

Jack Black (WME, Sloane Offer) is set to star in Michael Winterbottom's Bailout, a comedy based on Jess Walter's novel The Financial Lives of the Poets, about a man's attempt to escape financial ruin after meeting two losers in a market. Producers include Black, Michael Besman, Melissa Parmenter, Ben Cooley and Priyanka Mattoo for Ealing Metro.

Kiefer Sutherland (CAA, Management 360, Lichter Grossman) and Kate Bosworth (WME, One Talent, Sloane Offer) will star in the love story Fairytale of New York, to be directed by Lee Cleary. Jeff Murphy wrote the script, which revolves around an Irish stand-up comic and an American girl during the course of their romantic relationship.

Tilda Swinton (WME, the U.K.'s Hamilton Hodell, Jodi Peikoff), riding Cannes buzz for We Need to Talk About Kevin, has signed to star as an Irish mother who changes students' lives in filmmaker Terry Loane's Sisters, produced by Noel Qualter and written by Ronan Blaney.

Director Neil Jordan (CAA, the U.K.'s Casarotto Ramsay & Associates, Hansen Jacobson) and producer Stephen Woolley are making Byzantium, a female vampire movie with Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton as the lead bloodsuckers. The original script is by Moira Buffini.

Katie Holmes (CAA, John Carrabino) and Chace Crawford (CAA, Podwall, Hansen Jacobson) will star in the comedy-romance Responsible Adults, which John Poll will direct for Night & Day Pictures. Alex Schemmer wrote the screenplay about a med student who falls for a younger man before realizing she once was his baby-sitter. Night & Day's Michael Roiff will produce with Julie Yorn.

Alice Eve (UTA, the U.K.'s Artists Rights Group, Untitled, Felker Toczek) and Liev Schreiber (CAA, Untitled) will star in Mark Pellington's psychological thriller Story/Teller, about a young writer who takes over the abandoned stories of another writer. Arnold Rifkin and Norm Reiss are producing.

Matthew McConaughey (CAA, Morris Yorn) and Hilary Swank (CAA, Untitled, Jackoway Tyerman) will star in The Dallas Buyer's Club, a real-life drama from director Jean-Marc Vallee (The Young Victoria) that centers on a Texas electrician diagnosed with AIDS who begins smuggling alternative drugs into the U.S. Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack are writing, and Robbie Brenner is producing with Rachel Rothman-Winter and former ICM agent Nathan Ross.

Lee Daniels (CAA, Cinetic, Loeb & Loeb) is set to direct the sexual thriller The Paperboy, based on the 1995 novel by Pete Dexter, starring Tobey Maguire, Matthew McConaughey, Sofia Vergara and Zac Efron. Millennium Films, Hilary Shor and Daniels are producing.

Kim Basinger (ICM, Management Production Entertainment, Bloom Hergott) and Nick Stahl (ICM, Kritzer Levine, Hansen Jacobson) are attached to star alongside Freddy Rodriguez in the stock-car racing thriller Over the Wall, written and directed by Steven Christopher Young, who is producing with Larry Meistrich.

Writer-producer Stuart Blumberg (WME, Sloane Offer), nominated for an Oscar for co-writing The Kids Are All Right, has set Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo to star in his directorial debut, Thanks for Sharing, a comedy revolving around sex addicts in a 12-step program. Gilbert Films and Blumberg's Class 5 Films are producing the comedy, written by Blumberg and Matt Winston.

Alexander Skarsgard (CAA, Principal, Hansen Jacobson) has joined Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan in What Maisie Knew, an adaptation of the Henry James novel set in contemporary New York, from co-directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel, written by Nancy Doyne and Carroll Cartwright and produced by Red Crowne Productions.

Dennis Quaid (WME, Hansen Jacobson) is joining the dramatic thriller The Words opposite Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons. The film will mark the directorial debut of Tron: Legacy writers Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal. Michael Benaroya is producing with Jim Young and Tatiana Kelly.

Ben Whishaw (CAA, the U.K.'s Hamilton Hodell, Jodi Peikoff) and Hugo Weaving (Shanahan Management) are taking on major roles in Cloud Atlas, an adaptation of the David Mitchell novel from filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer.