Casting Net: Nicole Kidman in negotiations to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in 'The Secret in Their Eyes'
• Nicole Kidman is in talks to replace Gwyneth Paltrow in The Secret in Their Eyes. The film is an English-language remake of Argentine writer/director Juan Jose Campanella‘s 2010 movie of the same name, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film. The original follows a retired attorney who writes a novel about an unsolved case and his unreciprocated love, hoping to put both behind him. Billy Ray will direct from a script he wrote, with some updates from the original. Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor also star. [THR]
• Magic City is coming to the big screen with Bill Murray and Bruce Willis as its leads. The film is being adapted from the Starz drama of the same name, which was cancelled last year after its second season. Set in 1962 Miami, the story follows the lives of myriad gangsters, hoteliers, and politicians. The series’ creator, Mitch Glazer, will write and direct the film. He’s joined by the show’s original cast members: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston, and Kelly Lynch. [THR]
• Joel Edgerton’s untitled directorial debut has found its lead in Rebecca Hall. Edgerton, whose credits include Zero Dark Thirty and The Great Gatsby, also penned the screenplay and will co-star alongside Hall. Details about the suspense thriller’s plot have not yet been revealed. The film kicks off shooting next year. [The Wrap]
• Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais have signed on for Special Correspondents. The French comedy remake tells the story of a New York-based radio journalist (Bana) who makes up war reports from his Manhattan hideaway in order to save his job. Gervais will also write, direct, and produce the film, in addition to starring. [Variety]
• Marton Csokas is joining Emilia Clarke in Voice from the Stone. Eric D. Howell is directing the supernatural thriller, marking his feature directorial debut. Andrew Shaw adapted Silvio Raffo’s Italian-language novel, La Voce Della Pietra, for the screen. The story follows a young boy, Jakob, who lives in a manor that is supposedly haunted by his father (Csokas). Clarke will play a nurse who wants to help Jakob. Principal photography begins this month in Italy. [Variety]
• Lili Taylor (The Conjuring) has signed on for The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials. Wes Ball will direct the sequel with T.S. Nowlin as its screenwriter; both are returning from the original. Taylor will play a doctor, Mary Cooper, who assists Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his companions. Original cast members Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, and Patricia Clarkson will also return for the sequel. The film’s debut is scheduled for September 18, 2015. [Deadline]