– Working Title is remaking 2008 thriller Reykjavik-Rotterdam (Iceland’s 2009 Oscar submission) for American audiences. Kate Beckinsale will reportedly star opposite Mark Wahlberg in the retitled Contraband. He plays an alcohol smuggler-turned-security guard being lured back into below-ground business. Actor-director-producer Baltasar Kormákur, who produced the original and has directed six films (Inhale, starring Diane Kruger and Dermot Mulroney, comes out next month) will direct. Release is set for 2012.
– Amanda Knox, the controversial American exchange student who was convicted of murdering her roommate in Italy–she maintains her innocence– is the subject of Lifetime’s The Amanda Knox Story, which is set to air in 2011. How did pretty, wholesome-looking Knox wind up serving 26 years in jail for committing a horrific crime with her boyfriend? Fittingly, American sweetheart Hayden Panettiere will play Knox, reports Deadline, which lists Lindsay Lohan, Megan Fox, Emily Blunt and Kristen Stewart as actresses considered for various dramatizations of the the story. But it’s hard to imagine any of them in a Lifetime TV movie. Panettiere, however, is a TV actress who may be able to use this vehicle to break out of her adorable niche. Robert Dornhelm will direct Wendy Battles’ script with Craig Piligian producing.
– Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right, Alice in Wonderland) continues to work with never-dull co-stars. she’s set to play opposite star-on-the-mend Joaquin Phoenix in an untitled comedy directed by Steven Shainberg (he broke out Maggie Gyllenhaal in Secretary and directed Nicole Kidman in Fur). In 2011, Wasikowska stars as Jane Eyre in Cary Fukunaga’s remake (opposite Michael Fassbender’s Rochester), and will co-star with Tilda Swinton and again with Fassbender in an untitled Jim Jarmusch drama in 2012.