– It may be the boy on HBO’s “Girls” whose career is getting the sweetest boost. Adam Driver, who plays Lena Dunham’s sometimes-boyfriend on the Emmy-nominated breakout show, is headed to Australia to star opposite Mia Wasikowska in John Curran’s “Tracks.” The film is based on Australian Robyn Davis’ 1970s memoir of the same name, inspired by her National Geographic articles. It follows Davis (Aussie-born Wasikowska) as she embarks on a 1700-mile trek across the Outback. Driver will play NY photographer Rick Smolan. Driver already has Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and the Coens’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” in the pipeline; 2012 has been good to him.
– Screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (“Traffic,” “Syriana”) is set to direct his script “Candy Store,” a crime thriller being produced by Lionsgate. Offers are currently out to Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, while Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper are said to be on a shortlist should Pitt not bite at the offer. The story pivots around a washed-up deep-cover op who starts a new life in Brooklyn, only to realize that the international crime ring he fought during his old career is also doing business in his new borough.
– David Fincher has reportedly lost interest in Egyptian beauty “Cleopatra,” and is no longer in talks to direct the Sony epic, set to star Angelina Jolie. Ang Lee, whose “Life of Pi” is already gaining major Oscar buzz, is on the wishlist of directors who could replace Fincher. Here’s more on the development of “Cleopatra.”
– “The Artist”‘s Berenice Bejo will replace Marion Cotillard for the next film by Asghar Farhadi (director of 2012’s Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar winner “A Separation”). Tahar Rahim, the magnetic star of 2010’s “A Prophet,” is set to co-star with Bejo. The title and plot details are being kept secret, but the Playlist reports the film as a “social thriller” that should be wrapped by spring 2013. The combination of Cotillard and Rahim sounded too good to be true, but this will be a good chance to see if Bejo can charm in a talkie.
– “The Kids Are All Right” director Lisa Cholodenko is reportedly in talks to helm “November Criminals” for Indian Paintbrush. Penned by Steve Knight, the story is about a student investigating Washington D.C. inner circles in order to uncover clues surrounding a fellow student’s mysterious death. This is new genre territory for Cholodenko, who has a lot on her plate, including the long-in-the-works “The Abstinence Teacher.”