Jude Law may be taking to the skies as Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the French aristocrat and WWII pilot who penned Le Petit Prince. The $45 million biopic, which was put into turnaround by Touchstone, has now been picked up by Interlight; pay-or-play offers will be going out to actors within the next month. Also on the shortlist to play the Saint are (get ready to suspend disbelief) Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, and Edward Norton. Regis Wargnier (East-West), making his English-language film debut, will direct.
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In other royal news, Gwyneth Paltrow has decided to take a bow in The Royal Tannenbaums, the newest comedy to be directed by Wes Anderson, starring brothers Luke and Owen Wilson. Others in the cast include Danny Glover, Ben Stiller, and Bill Murray, who starred in Anderson’s Rushmore.
It’s been a bit like watching paint dry, but after years of development at Miramax, Salma Hayek’s pet project, a biopic of artist Frida Kahlo, is finally a go. Director Julie Taymor (Titus, The Lion King) has signed on to helm the love story about Kahlo and her husband, fellow artist Diego Rivera, which is expected to begin filming in January. Filling out the cast are Ashley Judd, Alfred Molina, Antonio Banderas, and the busiest man in this week’s column, Edward Norton.
— Additional reporting by Jessica Shaw