Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford pair up, while Mike Myers picks a sexy blond nemesis

By Mark Bautz
October 23, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT
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For her first foray into action since 1992’s “Batman Returns,” Michelle Pfeiffer is picking a foolproof co-star, Harrison Ford. They’ll team for director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”) in DreamWorks’ “What Lies Beneath,” a supernatural thriller about a college professor who encounters hellish ghosts while looking into a murder.

Mike Myers has chosen Kristen Johnson (“3rd Rock From the Sun”) to star as his female nemesis in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.” She’ll play Ivana Humpalot, a subtlely named Russian model and renegade secret agent. Myers obviously wants to maintain the Powers mystique by surrounding himself with statuesque blondes, seeing as he already signed Heather Graham to play his love interest, Felicity Shagwell.

After the debacle that was “The Postman,” Kevin Costner is playing it safe with the new film “13 Days.” It combines elements from two of his successful movies: “13 Days” takes place during the Kennedy administration’s Cuban missile crisis (“JFK”) and will be directed by Phil Alden Robinson (“Field of Dreams”).

Jamie Foxx will take over the part vacated by Sean “Puffy” Combs in Oliver Stone’s upcoming pigskin flick, “Any Given Sunday.” Combs recently dropped out of the role of a backup quarterback who gets his moment in the limelight — ostensibly for scheduling problems, but reportedly also because he wasn’t as good at sampling football skills as music.

When Arsenio Hall waved his fist during his own talk show, he never actually connected with anyone. That may all change if he signs up for the new CBS punch-a-thon “Martial Law,” which he is negotiating to join for three episodes and potentially become a full co-star. Hall, whose sitcom “Arsenio” lasted only six episodes in March of 1997, would play a smart-ass LAPD officer who teams with Sammo Hung.