Summer is over but you couldn't tell it by the 100+ degree heat wave hobbling Los Angeles. Hollywood execs are huddling in their air-conditioned offices, swinging one deal after another to stay cool. Last night they gave us new roles for Anthony Hopkins, Peter Stormare and Wendi McLendon-Covey, and moved forward on an Elvis biopic and Ridley Scott's 'Monopoly.' Read on.
Is there any role Anthony Hopkins can't play? He's been a doctor ('The Elephant Man'), a meek book seller ('84 Charing Cross Road'), a butler ('The Remains of the Day'), a jilted, vengeful husband ('The Edge'), Zorro's dad ('The Mask of Zorro'), a priest ('The Rite'), a god ('Thor') and, of a course, the deranged cannibalistic psycho Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Now he's in negotiations to join New Line's 'Solace' as a former doctor with psychic abilities who works for the FBI and is drawn into a unique serial killer case that pits him against a formidable foe. No director has been attached, but production is scheduled for early next year. [Variety]

Writer-director John Scheinfeld ('Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?),' 'The U.S. vs. John Lennon') has been hired by RLF Victor Productions to helm 'Fame & Fortune,' an adaptation of the 2007 Elvis Presley biographer 'Still Taking Care of Business.' Surprisingly, there has never been a big-screen bio of the King of Rock 'n' Roll, though there have been several documentaries and a pair of 'Elvis' titled telefilms. The production -- which begins casting this fall -- is eyeing a 2012 release date, which would coincide with the 35th anniversary of Presley's death. [THR]

Peter Stormare is in negotiations to join Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Last Stand,' Jee-woon Kim's actioner about the sheriff (Schwarzenegger) of a sleepy border town who runs up against an escaped drug cartel leader heading for the Mexican border. Stormare would play a seasoned war veteran who is the drug lord's right-hand man. Lionsgate will release the film on Jan. 18, 2013. [Variety]

'Bridesmaids' scene stealer Wendi McLendon-Covey has joined the cast of director Steven Soderbergh's male stripper drama 'Magic Mike,' where she'll play opposite the ever-growing cast of Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Cody Horn, Riley Keough and comedian Gabriel Iglesias. McLendon-Covey's TV credits include 'Reno: 911' and 'Rules of Engagement'; she has roles in the indie film 'Sleeping Around' and the Lionsgate ensemble comedy 'What to Expect When You're Expecting.' No word on what her role will be in 'Magic Mike.' [THR]

Hasbro and Ridley Scott are still rolling the dice for their big-screen adaptation of 'Monopoly,' even though the project has been dumped by Universal for budget reasons. They've hired Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski ('Ed Wood,' 'People vs Larry Flynt') to write the script. [THR]
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