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All-stars join Sean Penn in ''King's Men''

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The 1949 Best Picture Oscar winner All the King’s Men had few name stars in its cast. Not so the forthcoming Columbia remake. Sean Penn and Jude Law were cast months ago, and now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Meryl Streep is in talks to come aboard. Plus, the producers are hoping to land Kate Winslet and Mark Ruffalo to round out the cast of the political drama.

Penn and Streep, who already have Oscars to their names, will play the roles that won Academy Awards for Broderick Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge — Penn as populist Southern politician Willie Stark and Streep as Stark aide Sadie Burke. Law will play Jack Burden, the reporter who follows Stark over the years.

Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List), who is writing and directing the movie, is reportedly going back to the source, the 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Robert Penn Warren, which was inspired in turn by Louisiana governor Huey Long. Pundit and consultant James Carville, himself an expert on Southern politicians, is one of the film’s producers.

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