By Kate Ward
June 22, 2010 at 06:15 PM EDT

  • Kristen Bell is in talks to star alongside Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski in Whales, the based-on-a-true-story movie about a news reporter (Krasinski), who teams up with a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) to attempt to save gray whales trapped in a Jell-O mold. Bell would star as a reporter “aiming for the big time who thinks her greatest assets are her looks.” [THR]
  • The Cleveland Show scribe Kirker Butler has optioned the rights to Ed Achorn’s Fifty-Nine in ’84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball, and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had, a book about baseball in the 19th century. I can’t wait to see who plays the talking bear! [THR]
  • In a press release, the producers of Leap of Faith announced Raúl Esparza and Brooke Shields would star in the world premiere of the stage musical this September in L.A. Esparza will play a “flim-flam” reverend, while Shields will play the single mom who challenges Esparza’s character in a show based on the 1992 film starring Steve Martin.
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