Odds and ends from Friday:
- Sure, she had the difficult challenge of playing Matt Damon's girlfriend in The Bourne Supremacy, but now Franka Potente is set to take her career to a higher level. The actress has signed on to star as Johanna von Ingdelheim in Pope Joan, based off the best-selling novel. Story centers around a 9th century woman who disguises herself as a man and rises through the Vatican ranks. Now if that doesn't sound like Oscar material, I don't know what is. In fact, I'm surprised Hilary Swank's name hasn't been mentioned.
- Patricia Clarkson has hopped onboard the cast of Lars and the Real Girl, joining Ryan Gosling and Emily Mortimer. For a story that sounds a bit cheesy, they certainly managed to acquire a decent cast, huh? Pic revolves around some dude who becomes obsessed with a woman he meets on the internet ... only to later find out she's not real and is, in fact, a doll. Commence Mannequin 3 jokes ... now.
- While we're still not sure whether Indiana Jones 4 will actually happen, George Lucas is definitely moving forward on his plans to bring both a live action and an animated Star Wars series to the small screen. The man himself recently spoke about the latter saying that it could air as soon as next year, though a network has not picked it up yet. Clone Wars will be a CGI follow-up to the traditionally-animated series from 2003 and is supposed to feature all of your favorite characters from the Star Wars prequel trilogy. However, none of the film's original actors are involved. Drats!