Making a movie this fall? It helps to have a buddy. According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, three upcoming film projects have announced A-list pairs to star. One such project is the thriller ”Derailed,” which will star Jennifer Aniston and ”King Arthur”’s Clive Owen. Adapted from James Siegel’s bestseller by ”Collateral” screenwriter Stuart Beattie, ”Derailed” is about an advertising executive whose life takes a Hitchcockian turn when he misses his commuter train. Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom (”Evil”) makes his English-language debut with the Miramax movie, which will shoot in London and Chicago.
Another transatlantic partnership is Jude Law and Sean Penn. ”Cold Mountain”’s Law, who seems to have played as many Southerners on screen as Englishmen, will play Jack Burden, the journalist narrator of ”All the Kings Men,” for which Columbia is courting Penn to star as populist politician Willie Stark. Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian is writing and directing the new version of Robert Penn Warren’s classic novel inspired by the life of Louisiana’s colorful Huey Long. John Ireland and Broderick Crawford played Burden and Stark in the celebrated 1949 film version.
Aniston will put on her producer’s hat for ”The Departed,” a Martin Scorsese Mob drama that will star Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio. Last year, Aniston and husband Brad Pitt bought the remake rights to the Hong Kong hit ”Infernal Affairs” for Plan B, their Warner Bros.-based production company. In the American version, which will take place in Damon’s hometown of Boston, the ”Bourne Supremacy” star will play a Mobster who infiltrated the police department as a cadet, while Scorsese regular DiCaprio will play an undercover cop posing as a gangster. Each side tries to sniff out the ringer in its ranks. Maybe the should have changed the title to ”Good Mole Hunting.”