– Matt Damon will be known as director soon, with both Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses (at Warner Bros.) and a newly announced drama which he co-wrote with John Krasinski, who developed the idea with writer Dave Eggers (this project is also at Warner Bros.). Krasinski and Damon will also star in the film, and while plot details are few we know Damon will play a salesman whose life changes when he arrives in a small town.
– Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, meanwhile, are going ahead with Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace, at HBO.
– Another Soderbergh project, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., has swapped George Clooney for Bradley Cooper as its leading man. The role of Napoleon Solo was previously linked to Damon and Johnny Depp as well as Clooney, who recently departed the project citing back issues. Now it’s up to Cooper to accept the role in the reboot of the 1960s spy franchise.
– Carey Mulligan continues to get the creme de la creme of female roles. she looks to have scored the female lead in the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, about a folk musician living in 1960s Greenwich Village. She will star alongside her Drive husband, Oscar Isaacs. No doubt the singing talents she displayed in Steve McQueen’s Shame (out December 2) helped solidify her getting the role. Mulligan wiould begin shooting Inside in February after Baz Luhrmann’s 3D The Great Gatsby (Christmas 2012) wraps in Australia.
– Catherine Zeta-Jones is officially gearing up for a comeback, with four upcoming projects. There’s Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise, Gabrielle Muccino’s Playing the Field with Gerard Butler, Stephen Frear’s Lay the Favorite with Bruce Willis (all three are in post) and now she’s set for Allen Hughes’ crime thriller Broken City with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. The Black List script, from newbie Brian Tucker, follows a cop (Wahlberg) who, having been thrown out of the force for shooting a teenager years ago, has become a private detective and is hired to investigate the New York incumbent major’s (Crowe) unfaithful wife (Jones). Of course corruption abounds, and he finds more than he bargained for. Yes, it all sounds very Chinatown, and with this cast we say bring it on.