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The troubled production "Jane Got A Gun" might have recently lost Bradley Cooper as the film's antagonist, but a replacement has already been found.

Deadline is reporting that Ewan McGregor is locked down for the "pivotal role of the leader of an outlaw gang" in the Gavin O'Connor-directed film. This will be a bit of a reunion for McGregor, who previously starred with leading lady Natalie Portman in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy. Noah Emmerich plays Portman's character's husband, and Joel Edgerton plays her former flame.

In other casting news, Benicio Del Toro is in talks for Paul Thomas Anderson's latest and Keira Knightley could replace Anne Hathaway in an upcoming indie. Get more info about those two projects after the jump!

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Master

By Hannah Soo Park

Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson might be the next big actor-director duo, Kate Winslet is eyeing Vernoica Roth's "Divergent," Reese Witherspoon might be lining up a Sudan drama, and Chris Hemsworth could be headed to the seas—all in today's casting call!

Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson Together Again?
Following their work together on "The Master," Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson are looking to team up again for the director's film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice." The Hollywood Reporter says that the actor is reportedly in negotiations to star as a private "pot-smoking detective" following a kidnapping case in Los Angeles during the late '60s and early '70s. According to previous rumors, Robert Downey Jr. had once been rumored offered the leading role, but ultimately turned it down.

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As Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, "The Master," slowly reveals itself to the world, the writer-director has already set his sights on his next project.

According to Screen Daily, Anderson, who has previously taken five years between each of his last three films, is currently writing an adaptation of Thomas Pynchons' detective novel "Inherent Vice."

"I'm hoping we can get 'Inherent Vice' going soon," Anderson told the website. "That's what I'm writing now. It’s taking my mind of this, actually. It’s a lot of fun. It’s such a different piece, though. It’s nice to have a collaborator, as it were, through working on the book."

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Although Robert Downey Jr. has been all about the superhero action star spectacle films recently, we can't forget that his body of work pre-"Iron Man" involved a virtual smorgasbord of characters in a lot of quieter think pieces, TV dramedies and quirky indies.

Therefore when the news broke earlier this year that Downey Jr. and director Paul Thomas Anderson might be working together on a big screen adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's "Inherent Vice," it seemed like a perfect fit for moviemaking magic.

Anyway, when MTV News caught up with the man in question at the press day for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" recently, we asked him if the report about "Inherent Vice" was fact or fiction.

"Anything to do with Paul Thomas Anderson and I doing a movie together is probably true," Downey Jr. said. "We tend to talk about a variety of potential projects, and Thomas Pynchon's 'Inherent Vice' could be great, we'll see."

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Robert Downey Jr. has a packed shooting schedule ahead of him between "The Avengers" and other projects, but even he isn't too busy for acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.

The "Iron Man" superstar and "There Will Be Blood" director are reportedly teaming together for "Inherent Vice," an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel about a Los Angeles private eye who wholeheartedly embraces the notions of free-love and psychedelic thinking. Deadline reports the news, but there's no indication of when the film might shoot, and even Downey and Anderson's official participation remains unconfirmed at this point.

But that's not all the news we've got for you today. Read about Steve Carell's upcoming dramatic turn, the maybe-maybe-not adaptation of "Dead Island" and more past the jump!

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RainLots of variety from Variety today. See what I did there? Yeah? Long day. Almost over. Enjoy the Dailies.

-- "School of Rock" writer Mike White sold the script for his "Babe in the Woods," an action-comedy in which a new student at Yale University somehow becomes the target of the New Jersey mob. I envision this as a cross between "PCU" and "The Sopranos." (Variety)

-- The announcement that Steven Spielberg's next project would be an adaptation of the Jimmy Stewart classic "Harvey" led many to speculate that Spielberg pal Tom Hanks would step into -- or at least be approached for -- the Stewart role. Fox hasn't exactly put those possibilities to rest, but they did issue a statement saying that the actor "has not read the script and speculation about him and this project has been inaccurate." So there you have it. (Variety) Read More...

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