AP Photo, USA
AP Photo, USA
In today's edition, Tobey Maguire is going from Spider-Man to SCOTUS; Djimon Hounsou is crazy for Conan; Don Cheadle gets his Marching orders; Sarah Jessica Parker gets real for cable TV; and Monk loads up for its 100th B-day.
First up, Maguire reunites with his Seabiscuit director, Gary Ross, to star in The Crusaders, a drama chronicling the legal eagles who won the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case in the '50s.
Per Variety, Maguire would play Jack Greenberg, an idealistic fresh-out-of-school lawyer who teams up with the NAACP and a young Thurgood Marshall to win the Supreme Court decision that desegregated America's schools.
The 33-year-old thesp will executive produce along with Ross and his Universal-based shingle, Larger Than Life Productions.
This will mark Maguire's third collaboration with Ross, following 2003's Best Picture Oscar-nominated Seabiscuit and 1998's fantasy Pleasantville.
Maguire next appears in theaters opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman in Jim Sheridan's war drama Brothers, about a young man who looks after his older brother's wife after the latter disappears in Afghanistan. He'll then segue into the comedy-romance Quiet Type, about a mute man who moves to the Big Apple with dreams of conducting an orchestra.
Meanwhile, fanboys will be heartened to learn that Hounsou is joining forces with Dynamite Entertainment to produce and star in a big-screen adventure about a key character in the Conan the Barbarian and Krull comicbooks.
The erstwhile Gladiator star will essay the role of the powerful necromancer Thulsa Doom (played in 1982's Conan the Barbarian by James Earl Jones). Dynamite plans to publish a new comic book based on the character next year, and the new film is expected to delve into Doom's early years as a flawed hero before sinking into villainy.
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