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Noah Wyle, George Clooney, Eriq LaSalle


George Clooney may not have forgotten where he came from after all.

Despite adamant denials that he would be reprising his role as ER's Dr. Doug Ross before NBC pulls the plug on the seminal medical show in May, Clooney's former partner in scrubs is telling a different tale.

"From what I heard, George said, 'absolutely,' schedule permitting," Noah Wyle tells TV Guide.

Clooney publicist Stan Rosenfield tells E! News the actor is aware of Wyle's remarks in the magazine but does not have any new comment. NBC echoed the sentiments.

"This story is not confirmed," a rep told E! News.

In any case, there's no word on what Clooney's storyline would be or whether he would be joined onscreen by TV wife Julianna Margulies, another alum who has remained mum on a return.

"I would love to see a little view into their life in Seattle," Wyle says. "Or wherever the hell they're living now."

A more definite guest star is Eriq La Salle, who, Wyle spills, will absolutely be making the trip back to County General to reprise his role as Dr. Peter Benton, in a subplot coinciding with Wyle's.

Veteran ER doc Anthony Edwards is also returning as Dr. Mark Greene in an episode set to air next week.

Meanwhile, here's the latest action on the Casting Couch:

  • Jack Black has signed on to star as the titular journeyman in Gulliver's Travels. Per Variety, the Jonathan Swift reimagining will focus on a travel writer who finds himself in Lilliput by way of the Bermuda Triangle.
  • Naomi Watts and Annette Bening are keeping it in the family, signing on to costar in Mother and Child. According to Variety, the drama, which also stars Kerry Washington and Shareeka Epps, follows the overlapping stories of a woman who gave up her child 35 years earlier and an African-American woman who is trying to adopt.
  • Antonio Banderas is saying hello to Dali, signing on to play the surreal artist in an indie biopic. According to Variety, the film chronicles how Salvador Dali came to make his mark in America and will include CGI effects in an effort to capture some of the more surreal works of the artist.
  • Emilio Estevez is following in the footsteps of father Martin Sheen and signing on to guest star on an upcoming episode of brother Charlie Sheen's Two and a Half Men. Estevez will not play a relation to his sibling but instead will appear as a former drinking and partying buddy. It's unclear when the episode will air.
  • The Beek from the Creek is back. James Van Der Beek and David Denman—Pam's ex-fiancé, Roy, from The Office—are teaming up to star in the Fox pilot Eva Adams, an hourlong drama following, per the Hollywood Reporter, a sexist sports agent who, after a run-in with a witch, is transformed into a beautiful woman and subjected to the very harassment he once dished out.
  • Talk about something for everyone...everyone that likes action movies, that is. Per Variety, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li are gearing up to costar in The Expendables, playing a team of mercenaries on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator. Stallone also wrote and will direct the project, filming in February.
  • Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons have Georgia on the mind. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the duo is set to costar in a Lifetime biopic on the late Georgia O'Keefe, which will chronicle her turbulent 20-year affair with photographer Alfred Steiglitz. Actor-director Bob Balaban helms the project.
  • He's baaack. Jerry Maguire's erstwhile cutie pie Jonathan Lipnicki is all grown up and set to star in The Other Side of Innocence, per the Hollywood Reporter, a thriller that revolves around a damaged young man who strikes up a relationship (a suspicious one, presumably) with the daughter of a detective at the same time that a serial killer begins to threaten their town.
  • Ron Perlman and Saffron Burrows are also getting in on the thriller game, signing on to costar in Carjacked, per the Hollywood Reporter, centering on a single mother and her child who fall victim to a bank-robbing carjacker who may or may not let them go.