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Tom Hardy has logged on to a big screen adaptation of the long-running videogame franchise Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. He’d play Sam Fisher, the stealthy, deadly spy at the heart of the six Splinter Cell titles. Game publisher Ubisoft is heading up the effort, and has tapped Eric Warren Singer (The International) to pen the script; no director has yet been attached. [Deadline]

Benicio del Toro is finishing talks to play drug kingpin Pablo Escobar in Paradise Lost. The fact-based film follows a surfer who falls for a Columbia girl whose uncle just happens to be the most notorious cocaine trafficker of the 1980s. Screenwriter Andrea di Stefano (Life of Pi) will make his feature directing debut with the film. [Variety]

Alexander Skarsgard is the frontrunner to play the title swinging hero in Tarzan, director David Yates‘ adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famed man who lives among the apes. There is no offer yet in place, however. The story (scripted by several writers) would follow Burroughs’ hero John Clayton III after he’s returned to society, and returns from England to fight a warlord. Samuel L. Jackson is also reportedly being considered for the role of a former mercenary, but again, no deal is in place yet. [Variety]

Evan Rachel Wood will star in 10 Things I Hate About Life. If that title seems familiar, it’s perhaps because the team that made the 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You — writer-director Gil Junger and producer Andrew Lazar — is behind it, though the two movies are otherwise unrelated. Instead of a teenage romcom inspired by Shakespeare, this will be a romantic drama about a man and woman who encounter each other while they’re both attempting suicide. [Deadline]

Isla Fisher is in negotiations for The Switch, an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel that serves as a prequel of sorts to Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. It follows lifelong crooks Louis Gara (John Hawkes) and Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bey, a.k.a. Mos Def) 15 years before the events of Tarantino’s film, when they were played by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson, respectively. Fisher would play the unpredictable Melanie (i.e. Bridget Fonda’s role), who interferes in Louis and Ordell’s plan to kidnap the wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a shady bigwig for ransom. (Get all that?) Dan Schechter (Goodbye Baby) is directing from his script. [Variety]

Michael Fassbender will lend his purring brogue as the narrator for the Formula One racing documentary 1, which examines the international auto racing circuit through historical footage and interviews with former world champs. Paul Crowder (Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who) is directing. [THR, Variety]

Steve Zahn (Rescue Dawn) and Dallas Roberts (The Grey, CBS’ The Good Wife) has joined the coincidentally named dramedy The Dallas Buyers Club, which stars Matthew McConaughey as real-life AIDS patient Ron Woodruff, who began smuggling medication for himself and his fellow patients. Roberts will play Woodruff’s attorney, and Zahn an understanding cop. Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto costar. Jean-Marc Vallée (The Young Victoria) is directing from a script by Melisa Wallack (Meet Bill) and Craig Borten. [Variety]

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