Pictured: The set of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained may look familiar to those who watched HBO's Deadwood. Click image to enlarge.
Crowe for Noah: Darren Aronofsky is beginning to piece together his big and splashy Noah, which looks to detour a bit from the Noah's Ark story we all grew up reading. Aronofsky is said to want Russell Crowe to play Noah, with Liam Neeson wanted for a different role (perhaps that of the film's villain, which, from what we heard, isn't just the great storm). Crowe has a history with epic battle films, having already conquered the likes of Master and Commander and Gladiator. Speaking of, Gladiator writer John Logan recently did a rewrite on Aronofsky's Noah script, perhaps as a way to lure in Crowe? [Deadline]
Jackie Brown Prequel Minus Tarantino: They've been trying to piece together an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Switch for awhile now, featuring the same characters portrayed by Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown (only younger versions). Now, according to reports, the film is starting to take shape with both John Hawkes and Mos Def (now yasiin bey) set to star as Louis Gara (De Niro) and Ordell Robbie (Jackson), respectively., The film will focus on the two ex-cons coming together to plan one big score that involves kidnapping the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer. [Variety]
Django Unchained or Deadwood: The first images from the set of Quentin Tarantino's Southern-set slave drama, Django Unchained, have arrived online, and they show a familiar-looking Western town. Familiar, of course, to those who watched the HBO show Deadwood, which also shot in this location. Django Unchained, which stars Jamie Foxx as a freed slave who teams with a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to exact revenge upon his former owner (Leonardo DiCaprio) and free his wife (Kerry Washington), is due out this Christmas. [The Film Stage]