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Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz casting news

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• Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) and Reese Witherspoon (Sweet Home Alabama) will show off their comedy chops together in Don’t Mess With Texas, a project Universal just won in a fierce bidding battle among studios. Like Sweet Home Alabama, the film is a chance for Witherspoon to get in touch with her southern roots (though not quite in her home state of Tennessee, where she was raised). Don’t Mess With Texas will follow a cop and a prisoner who are on the run in Texas from crooked cops. [Deadline]

• Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) has signed on to star in True Crimes, a thriller based on the real-life case of Krystian Bala, a Polish writer convicted of murder in 2007. The film is adapted from a 2008 New Yorker feature about the case. The murder remained a cold case for years until Bala published a novel featuring a murder very much like the unsolved crime. [THR]

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