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Johnny DeppJohnny Depp is poised to star as yet another colorful author in the upcoming Dr. Seuss biopic.

He is reported to be producing the project, but is also considering playing beloved children's author, born Theodor Geisel, in the upcoming flick. Though the movie won't end up relying on CGI as much as, say, "Alice in Wonderland" did, the flick's producers did say that it will include some animated elements. Depp has already portrayed "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" author Hunter S. Thompson on the big screen.

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Robert Downey JrRobert Downey Jr. and Warner Bros. are teaming up again, this time to remake "Perry Mason."

The well-known material started out as a novel, then became a radio show, a TV series, a series of movies and another TV series. Variety broke the news, and says that Downey will star as the titular defense attorney who specializes in trial and criminal work. He was most famously portrayed by Ramond Burr from 1957 to 1966.

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Olivia WildeRon Howard is a hot commodity in Hollywood right now after his ambitious approach to both the "Arrested Development" film and television series and the failed "The Dark Tower" adaptation. His next movie is the Formula One racing drama "Rush," and it just landed its latest high caliber talent.

Deadline is reporting that Olivia Wilde is the latest actress to join Howard's newest film. She'll play 1970s supermodel Suzy Miller, who ends up falling in love with and marrying main character James Hunt. "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth plays Hunt, and Deadline has learned that Howard hopes to recruit Russell Crowe to the film as well.

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In what's probably the most surprising casting news in a while, it appears that famous documentarian Werner Herzog has been cast in the upcoming Tom Cruise vehicle, "One Shot," based on the Lee Child novel of the same name.

Herzog will play The Zec, a former prisoner of war and the head of the conspiracy behind the murders Cruise will investigate, reports Variety.

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Django Unchained

The cast for "Django Unchained" continues to grow under the guidance of director Quentin Tarantino.

The latest actor to join the film is "Lost's" M.C. Gainey. He will play Big John Brittle, an overseer at Carrucan Plantation. The movie follows Jamie Foxx as the titular Django, a freed slave who becomes a bounty hunter and goes to track down his slave wife and liberate her from her evil plantation owner, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. "Django Unchained" also includes Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Gerald McRaney, Kurt Russell and Laura Cayouette in its cast.

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Kurt RussellQuentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" is getting a bit of a casting make-over.

First up, Kurt Russell is reuniting with his "Death Proof" director in the upcoming film. He'll be replacing Kevin Costner as the psychotic Ace Woody, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Also reuniting with the director is "Kill Bill's" Laura Cayouette, who THR reports will be playing Leonardo DiCaprio's widowed sister.

In related news, THR has learned that Christoph Waltz injured his pelvis during training for "Django Unchained," and that's why he was unable to attend the New York premiere of "Carnage" on Friday.

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Vanessa HudgensVanessa Hudgens broke her "High School Musical" mold with this year's "Sucker Punch," and now she'll branch out even further by standing on "Frozen Ground."

Deadline reports that the actress has been cast opposite Nicolas Cage and John Cusack in the thriller based on Alaska's most notorious serial predator, Robert Hansen, who abducted and murdered over 24 women over 12 years. Hudgens will play the one victim who escaped. Cage plays the Alaskan State Trooper who works to bring Hansen (Cusack) to justice.

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Russell CroweDo you hear the people sing? Singing the song of Russell Crowe?

Well, you'll certainly be hearing his singing voice in full force come December 2012, as the Oscar winning actor has been cast as fugitive hunter Javert in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables." Crowe is in talks to star opposite Hugh Jackman in the musical adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Additionally, the always creepy Helena Bonham Carter has been tapped to join the cast as Madame Thenardier, who sings the best line by far in "Master of the House." Great casting all around!

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Seth RogenIf you were still holding out hope that Seth Rogen would be a part of Judd Apatow's "Knocked Up" spinoff, it's time to give it up.

"I'm not in it," he tells Movies.com, saying that his involvement would be a bit jarring for the audience. "It was a good choice, honestly, because I think it would've confused people … But I'm really looking forward to seeing it; I thought the script was unbelievably funny."

He adds that the long-developing survival horror comedy "Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse" will start shooting this February.

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Chris TuckerIt's been awhile since we've seen Chris Tucker on the big screen, but it seems all that will soon change, as Tucker is reportedly close to joining David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook" and "Neighborhood Watch" for Fox Searchlight.

"Playbook" is based on the novel by Michael Quick and according to Variety, Tucker would be joining previously announced stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.

In the film, Cooper is a high school teacher who's institutionalized for depression and then released into the care of his mother. Tucker will reportedly play Cooper's quirky mental institute-dwelling friend who escapes every now and again to visit his buddy on the outside.

For "Neighborhood Watch," Tucker is in talks to star alongside Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill in the Akiva Schaffer-directed comedy that follows a group of neighbors who use their neighborhood watch as a front for them to escape their families, until they discover a plot to destroy the world. Hopefully Schaffer's second directorial effort will fair better than his first, "Hot Rod."

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