Doug Liman -- long a fan of misfits and outsiders (from 'Go' to 'Bourne') -- has decided to join with producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman and the Beijing Galloping Horse Film & TV Production company to direct a 1920s drama about Two-Gun Cohen, the British bodyguard to Sun Yat-sen, leader of the rebels who overthrew China's last imperial dynasty. Liman told The Hollywood Reporter that a trip last year to China opened his eyes to making movies in that country ... and that he was drawn to the story of Morris Abraham "Two Gun" Cohen (1887–1970), a London-born WWI veteran who moved to China in 1922 and took a job training Sun Yat-sen's army in boxing and shooting, despite his inability to speak Chinese. "He's a thief and a con man who goes to China with visions of self-aggrandizement, but while he's there he falls for the country and for a woman," Liman said. "The story falls off the shelf without having to twist the facts."

Ian McShane has been added to the growing cast of New Line and Legendary's 'Jack the Giant Killer,' a reimagining of the fairy tale in which the kidnapping of a princess threatens a long-standing truce between men and giants. Nicholas Hoult plays the male lead, a young farmer who heads a dangerous expedition to the giant kingdom to rescue her. Eleanor Tomlinson plays the princess; McShane will play her father, King Braunwell. Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy and John Kassir also have parts in the film, which is being directed by Bryan Singer. [Variety]
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