By Laura Hertzfeld
Updated April 05, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Nicole Kidman may play literal Hollywood royalty, as she is in talks for the role of Princess Grace of Monaco in Grace of Monaco, directed by La Vie En Rose helmer Oliver Dahan. The project, produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, has been likened to The King’s Speech (albeit with far less stuttering). [THR]

• Not much is being revealed about the character that Community’s Ken Jeong will play in the upcoming Michael Bay film, Pain and Gain, about a group of bodybuilders who run an extortion ring. But chances are it’s not a deadpan ob/gyn. He’s reteaming with Bay for the first time since Transformers: Dark of the Moon to play a character named Johnny Wu. The film, which also stars Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson just started shooting in Miami. [THR]

• Steamy Casey Affleck is gearing up to star alongside previously announced leads Christian Bale and Zoe Saldana in Relativity’s upcoming drama Out of the Furnace. Affleck and Bale will play brothers living in the Rust Belt who dream of a better life. Sam Shepard will also be joining the cast, playing the brothers’ uncle. The project is directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), so will we get to see them play some blues? [Indiewire]

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