By Amy Ryan
Updated September 02, 2005 at 06:37 PM EDT
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– Jessica Alba (left) and Hayden Christensen will star in Awake, a thriller shooting in October that’s about a man who finds himself alert but paralyzed during an operation. ”This film will do to surgery what Jaws did to swimming in the ocean,” producer Joana Vicente tells Variety. As if the hospital bill wasn’t scary enough.

Elizabeth sequel The Golden Age‘s casting gets underway, with Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush reprising their roles as Queen Elizabeth I and her security chief, Sir Francis Walsingham. (Shekhar Kapur is also returning as director). New to the saga is Clive Owen, as Sir Walter Raleigh. Shooting begins in April.

– Kevin Spacey’s long-shelved Las Vegas thriller 21 may finally get off the ground, with Shawn Levy (Cheaper by the Dozen) hired to direct. Spacey, who’s producing the based-on-a-true-story drama, would play an MIT professor whose students learn how to count cards and fleece casinos.

– Elijah Wood is the latest addition to the ensemble cast of Bobby, the project that marks Emilio Estevez’s return to filmmaking after a five-year absence. Estevez is writing and directing the drama, set in Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel the night Robert F. Kennedy was killed there in 1968. (He’s hoping to shoot on location in October, before the hotel is demolished.) Wood is playing a young man who’s getting married just to avoid the Vietnam War draft. Estevez has also cast his Freejack costar, Anthony Hopkins, as the hotel’s doorman, and he’s cast his former fiancée, Demi Moore, as a lounge singer. Uh, Emilio, you have heard her voice, haven’t you?

addCredit(“Jessica Alba: Jim Cooper/AP”)

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