As another weekend ends and the week begins (boo!), here are a whole slew of little casting bites from the past few days for you to peruse through:

The Valentine's Day sequel New Year's Eve is still on the way, reportedly with a whole new cast. However, some say that Taylor Swift and Hector Elizondo might be the lone castmembers to return. If this is true, Swift's character would be at NYU, and I can only hope that the metropolitan city folk would she the inanity right out of her. [E!Online]

After litigation stopped the production of Eloise in Paris cold, word hits that everything is settled and star Uma Thurman will continue with the project. However, it might not be as the nanny. As of now, her involvement is yet to be determined. [Variety]

Meanwhile, ex-hubbie Ethan Hawke has found a new gig. He'll play a violinist who has an affair to get more solos in A Late Quartet. The film will focus on a quartet who loses one of their own after 25 years, when a member has to retire because of Parkinson's disease. [Variety]
Heath, Russell, same difference? Russell Crowe is taking over for Heath Ledger in the Aussie film Dirt Music. This will be Crowe's first down-under flick in over a decade. [WENN]

Debbie Reynolds is returning to acting for the first time since popping up in Will & Grace in 2006. She'll play Katherine Heigl's "edgy," "speak-her-mind" grandmother in One for the Money, which sees Heigl playing a bounty hunter. No, Hollywood didn't learn after The Bounty Hunter. [Deadline]

Taraji P. Henson is moving from kung-fu kids to golf. She'll headline a new indie sports drama called From the Rough. Based on the story of the first female head coach of an NCAA Division I men's golf team, Catana Starks, she'll play a fictionalized version called Cassandra Turner, a coach at a black college struggling to establish the school's first male golf team. [Variety]

Finally, Amr Waked (Syriana) is joining Salmon Fishing in the Yemen to play a Yemeni Sheikh who wants to stock salmon in the desert. The film stars Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, and Kristin Scott Thomas. [Deadline]
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