Steven Spielberg has tapped Sally Field to play Mary Todd Lincoln opposite Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president in 'Lincoln,' the director's adaptation of 'Team of Rivals,' Doris Kearns Goodwin's book that centers on the political clashes between Lincoln and the officers of his cabinet. Filming will begin in the fall for release in fourth-quarter 2012 through Disney's Touchstone label. [The Hollywood Reporter]

'Boardwalk Empire''s Michael Stuhlbarg has been cast in 'Men in Black 3,' Barry Sonnenfeld's second 'MIB' sequel that takes the secret agents back in time to save the world in 1969. Will Smith returns with Josh Brolin, Alice Eve, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson and Rip Torn. Stuhlbarg, who starred in 'A Serious Man,' will play a character called Griffin. The 3D movie is scheduled for a May 25, 2012, release. [THR]
Writer-director Andrew Adamson ('Shrek,' 'The Chronicles of Narnia') is returning home to New Zealand to write and direct 'Mr. Pip,' an adaptation of the bestselling novel by Lloyd Jones. According to Variety, the film, starring Hugh Laurie, centers on an eccentric schoolteacher who reads 'Great Expectations' to his class. One of he girls in the class, 14-year-old Matilda, conjures the book's Pip character into real life to help her cope with her own hardships. Production begins next month in New Zealand and Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.

Looks like the long-rumored big-screen version of '24' will become a reality -- if you believe in tweets. According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Brian Grazer confirmed what Kiefer Sutherland said last month in an interview: The movie is targeted for a 2012 release. "Got off the phone Kiefer yesterday and we are very excited about producing the '24' movie for next year," Grazer tweeted.

Sony has beat out Paramount and 20th Century Fox to co-finance and release MGM's next James Bond film. Known as Bond 23, the film will arrive in theaters Nov. 9, 2012. Sony will also co-finance and distribute Bond 24. [TheWrap]

And speaking of Bond, 'Quantum of Solace''s Olga Kurylenko will join Aaron Eckhart in 'The Expatriate,' an action-thriller about a CIA agent (Kurylenko) assigned to track down her former CIA partner and lover (Eckhart). Meanwhile, Liana Liberato ('Trust') has been cast to play Eckhart's daughter. The film, being directed by Philipp Stölzl, is shooting in Montreal, with production scheduled to move to Brussels in May. [Variety]
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