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John Cusack is in negotiations to star in director Roland Emmerich’s (10,000 B.C., The Day After Tomorrow) new disaster movie 2012 for Sony Pictures. The titlerefers to the year the world is supposed to end after a global cataclysm. Cusack is negotiating to play Jackson Curtis, a divorced dad who alternates between writing and driving a limo.Emmerich wrote the script with his 10,000 B.C. co-writer Harald Kloser, and the duo will also produce the film.

Sony acquired the project in a high-stakes bidding war and is aiming for a summer 2009 release. The price tag for the special-effects laden movie could reach $200 million.