Hollywood Ink: David Oyelowo, the Man Who Would be Selma's King
· Lee Daniels appears to have found his man -- David Oyelowo -- for the pivotal role of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, the drama set around the town's historic civil-rights march of 1965. It's the first mainstream film to depict King, but the 34-year-old Brit has reasonably strong period biopic creds including stints as Muddy Waters (Who Do You Love), as one of the Tuskegee Airmen in the upcoming Red Tails and a Ugandan doctor in The Last King of Scotland. Obviously the stakes are a little higher with this one. Hugh Jackman remains attached to play the town's racist sheriff, and Daniels assures us that Robert De Niro will appear as Alabama Gov. George Wallace. [THR]
Paul Thomas Anderson finds a new money man, Sigourney Weaver is (vampire) queen for a day, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.
· The bomb-making factory that is Universal reportedly shed Paul Thomas Anderson's Untitled Don't-Call-It-a-Scientology Project because it can't risk $35 million on one of the best living American filmmakers and his likely cast of Philip Seymour Hoffman as a charismatic religion-founder and Jeremy Renner as his right-hand man. No worries, though: River Road Entertainment, which previously funded Terrence Malick's Tree of Life and Doug LIman's Fair Game, might step up with the full budget and get this thing rolling. See you in the black, Uni! Someday! [Deadline]
· Sigourney Weaver has joined the cast of Amy Heckerling's romantic horror-comedy Vamps, in which she'll play the "vampire queen" to glammy, lovestruck New York bloodsuckers Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter. [THR]
· Interesting story at the LAT about Scott Rudin settling out his contract to escape his production deal at Disney. Even more interesting: The giant, vertigo-inducing close-up photo down the length of Rudin's sheer, stubbly frowny face. Like, whoa. [LAT]
· Chris Evans found work again. [Variety]
· Congrats to Monsters, the low-budget alien thriller that is the latest acquisition out of the just-concluded South by Southwest film conference and festival. Magnet Releasing picked it up after its midnight premiere. [Deadline]