Helen Hunt is on a streak: She's gotten good notices in the recent independent melodrama 'Soul Surfer' and is now set to star in another indie drama based on an inspirational true story, 'The Surrogate,' according to Variety. The story centers on Mark O'Brien (played by John Hawkes), a paraplegic polio victim who lived most of his life in an iron lung, paralyzed from the neck down, who, as the film unfolds, contacts a sex surrogate to take his virginity. Hunt plays the surrogate. There's more to the film then sex, of course: The 1980s period piece, according to Variety, "explores O'Brien's manhood and depicts his strong spirit through his relationships with nurses, caregivers, a hip priest, and of course, his surrogate." Rhea Perlman is also set to take a role in the film. O'Brien went on to graduate U.C. Calif., Berkeley, earning a degree in English; he's now a poet and a journalist. The film is being written and directed by TV helmer Ben Lewin, who's also a polio survivor.

Jane Lynch will be donning nun's garb soon: She's set to join 'The Three Stooges' as the Mother Superior who runs the orphanage where the trio grows up, despite her best efforts to get them adopted. The Fox comedy, directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, will star Chris Diamantopoulos as Moe, Will Sasso as Curly, and Sean Hayes as Larry Fine. Production begins in May. [Deadline]

Let's start the day in a transformative mood, shall we? Here's some just-released photos from 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' Michael Bay's second sequel in the franchise, due July 1. Check them out after the jump. Tip o' the hat to Ain't It Cool News.
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