By Laura Hertzfeld
Updated September 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM EDT
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Nicolas Cage will star in Joe, a Southern drama based on the novel by Larry Brown. Not to be confused with this year’s Killer Joe, or Meet Joe Black, or any other famous Joe, Cage will play an ex-con who becomes mentor to a struggling 15-year-old boy in Mississippi. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) will direct. [Worldview Entertainment]

Alec Baldwin and Patrick Wilson are set to star in noir thriller Caught Stealing. Baldwin plays a “sadistic cop” to Wilson’s down-on-his-luck former hotshot who gets caught up in a web of very bad things. [THR]

Heather Locklear will take on another mom role to a young starlet — this time as Ashley Tisdale‘s less-than-perfect parental guide through Scary Movie 5. In what’s reportedly a nod to Black Swan, Locklear’s bad mom portrayal will harken to Barbara Hershey’s character in the 2010 Natalie Portman vehicle; Molly Shannon is also set to star in a nod to Winona Ryder’s Black Swan performance.[Deadline]

• Several young actors: Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, and Kelli Garner are in talks to team up with Daniel Radcliffe for Alexandre Aja’s next film Horns. The film lets Radcliffe go dark again after his last outing, The Woman in Black, exploring a power he gains that helps him figure out who’s responsible for murdering his girlfriend, who would be played by Temple. [Variety]

• Another Harry Potter alum is also planning a new big screen adventure. Tom Felton is lined up for period drama Belle, about a mixed-race girl growing up in the 18th Century English artistocracy. Penelope Wilton has also joined the cast of the Amma Asante-helmed film, which so far includes Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, and Matthew Goode. [THR]

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