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Casting Net: Bruce Willis aiming to play CIA agent in 'American Assassin.' Plus: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Christopher Plummer

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Bruce Willis is in talks to star in American Assassin, playing a CIA spook who mentors a young recruit whose girlfriend died in a terrorist attack. Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor) will direct the thriller from a script by Mike Finch. [Variety]

• Chris Evans will try to woo Michelle Monaghan in the oddball romantic comedy A Many Splintered Thing. The meet-cute premise: Evans (who is also exec producing) masquerades as a well-heeled benefactor at a charity event, and falls for Monaghan, already engaged to another man. Commercial director Justin Reardon will helm the film from a Black List script by Christ Shafer and Paul Vicknair. [Deadline]

Christopher Plummer and Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans) have joined Hector and the Search for Happiness, an adaptation of the François Lelord novel about the titular psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) and, well, his search for happiness. Pike will play the love interest; Plummer will play a professor in Happiness Studies. Peter Chelsom (SerendipityShall We Dance) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Tinker Lindsay. [Variety]

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