Javier Bardem is on his way to being a gunslinger again. He's in talks to star in Ron Howard's ambitious adaptation of Stephen King's 'The Dark Tower,' which will come to life as a movie trilogy and TV series. According to TheWrap, Bardem will play Roland Deschain, the last member of a knightly order of gunslingers who goes on a quest to find the Dark Tower, which connects all universes. King is working on the eighth book in the series, which has sold more than 30 million copies. Akiva Goldsman ('A Beautiful Mind,' 'The Da Vinci Code') adapted the script.

Remember Walter Hill, who made a splash with 'The Warriors,' 'The Long Riders,' '48 Hrs.' and 'Streets of Fire' but who has been missing from the directing scene for almost a decade (he's been directing TV and producing)? Well, according to Deadline, Sylvester Stallone is eager to work with Hill on 'Headshot,' an action flick about a cop and a hitman who form an alliance in order to bring down a common enemy. Production on the film is slated to begin this summer.
Now that Fox has temporarily put 'The Wolverine' on hold, Universal is wooing Hugh Jackman to play the lead role of the huntsman in the Rupert Sanders–directed 'Snow White and the Huntsman.' The film, which has Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron ready to star in, is slated to begin production mid-September. [Deadline]

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer are joining Gerard Butler in Nu Image / Millennium's 'Playing the Field,' a sports comedy about a former pro-soccer player who coaches his son's youth team and starts getting involved with the moms. Butler, of course, is playing the dad; Zeta-Jones will play a TV newswoman; Greer will play a housewife. The film also stars Uma Thurman, Dennis Quaid and Jessica Biel. [TheWrap]

More names in the news:
Jay Baruchel has joined Robert Pattinson, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon in 'Cosmopolis,' the David Cronenberg–directed adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel [Deadline] ... Comedian Rob Riggle is in negotiations to play the villain in '21 Jump Street,' the big-screen treatment of the '80s TV show; he'll be joining Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube [THR] ... Maggie Grace will reprise her role as Liam Neeson's daughter in 'Taken 2' [Deadline] ... Carrie-Anne Moss and Malcolm McDowell have joined the cast of 'Silent Hill: Revelation 3D,' the sequel to the 2006 movie based on the horror video game; returning are Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean and Deborah Kara Unger [THR] ... Ryan O'Nan will star alongside Curtis Jackson, Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker in the cop drama 'Freelancers' [Deadline].
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