– Olivia Wilde and Eric Bana are in talks to star as outlawed siblings who cross paths with a troubled ex-boxer (Charlie Hunnam) in Kin, slated to shoot in Canada next March. The script comes from Zach Dean (his first feature) and Stefan Ruzowitzky (Anatomy, Anatomy 2, The Counterfeiters) is directing. Wilde, heating up with a stand-out performance in TRON: Legacy, has five titles lined up for 2011; Cowboys & Aliens, comedies Butter and The Change-Up, Now (a sci-fi thriller with Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy) and Civil War pic Cleburne (rumored). Bana is rumored to star in Sheldon Turner’s By Virtue Fall, plays opposite Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan in Joe Wright’s Hanna (releasing in April), has The Emperor’s Children in development with director-writer Noah Baumbach (which co-stars Keira Knightley, Michelle Williams and Richard Gere), and is attached to Armored and Factor X (though neither appear to be going anywhere any time soon).
– Gravity, which needed some momentum to keep moving forward – just nabbed George Clooney. The star is stepping in to fill Robert Downey Jr.’s shoes in a role that has been described as secondary to the lead female to be played by Sandra Bullock (Angelina Jolie, Rachel Weisz, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively were all attached or considered at one stage or another). Alfonso Cuaron is directing this 3-D sci-fi tale of a female astronaut struggling to get back to earth after an outer-space disaster. The story was at one time centered on a lone astronaut in space, so it is unclear how long Clooney will have a seat for himself on the spaceship. Hopefully this cast will solidify and move forward into production.
– Indie drama Two Jacks, from writer-director Bernard Rose, who adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s short story The Two Hussars, will star Sienna Miller and Danny Huston. The story tracks two generations of a family, including a legendary and first time filmmaker (played by Huston), and their adventures on Hollywood.