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Movie News: Penn, Fiennes, Swinton, "Thor," and More

Movie News: Penn, Fiennes, Swinton, "Thor," and More

There's a lot happening in the film world today! So much so that some of the more intriguing projects are making up one whole post. Check out the film buzz in Tinseltown today . . .

What's Wrong With Virginia: One of Dustin Lance Black's next projects after winning the Oscar for penning the Milk screenplay will be directing Liam Neeson and Jennifer Connelly in What's Wrong With Virginia, which Black also wrote. In the film, "Connelly will play the charming but psychologically disturbed mother of a 16-year-old son. Her 20-year clandestine love with a sheriff (Neeson), who is running for the state senate, is tested when her son begins a relationship with his daughter."

This Must Be the Place: Speaking of Milk, Oscar-winner Sean Penn is in talks to star in Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino's first English-language feature film, This Must Be the Place. If finalized, Penn will play "a wealthy rock star who becomes bored in his retirement and takes on the quest of finding his father's executioner, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is a refugee in the US."

For news about Thor, a Shakespeare adaptation, more emotional dramas and an "embarrassing" comedy,


Thor: Australian actor Chris Hemsworth (pictured, top left) is in talks to play Thor in Marvel Studios' feature film adaptation of the character. Set to open May 20, 2011 and directed by Kenneth Branagh, the story follows the Norse god of thunder as he "develops a protective affinity for humans after his father Odin banishes him to Earth, in order to teach him a lesson in humility. From then on, he's often seen wielding his massive hammer and fighting alongside the Avengers (comprised of Iron Man, the Hulk and Captain America)."

Coriolanus: The wonderful Ralph Fiennes will make his directorial debut with an adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, "a study of the way power corrupts, set in the early years of the Roman Republic." Fiennes will play the lead role and he is now joined in the cast by William Hurt, Vanessa Redgrave, and Jessica Chastain.

After the Wedding: Sound familiar? Danish director Susanna Bier's drama is getting an English-language remake with Tom Wilkinson and Camilla Belle now attached to star. The movie follows "an expatriate social worker who runs a Mumbai orphanage on a tight budget and receives a mysterious multimillion-dollar donation from a Western businessman." The director of the remake, Michael Caton-Jones, says, "It's a simple yet terrifically emotional story that asks us deep questions about our lives, families, and responsibilities."

We Need to Talk About Kevin: Yet another Oscar-winner, Tilda Swinton, is lining up a new project. Based on the novel by Lionel Shriver, this movie will tell the story of "a smart, educated New York mother who does her best to raise a son she never wanted in the first place. He turns out to be extremely difficult and is at the center of the woman's marital breakdown before going on a killing spree at his high school with a crossbow."

Terms of Embarrassment: Now this one sounds funny. Written by (and possibly starring) Rita Wilson, the comedy "revolves around a middle-aged couple who wind up attending the same college as their son."


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