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CASTING WATCH: Ramirez for Star Trek, Hopkins & Mirren for Making of Psycho, Lovelace Goes Blonder

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 8, 2011 at 2:14PM

J.J. Abrams is eyeing Edgar Ramirez to play the villain in the upcoming "Star Trek" sequel. Benicio del Toro was attached, but that's fallen through. The "Carlos" star now has a chance to make a grand franchise entrance into the mainstream.
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J.J. Abrams is eyeing Edgar Ramirez to play the villain in the upcoming "Star Trek" sequel. Benicio del Toro was attached, but that's fallen through. The "Carlos" star now has a chance to make a grand franchise entrance into the mainstream. Ramirez's performance in "Carlos" was critically lauded, and while he nailed his roles in "The Bourne Ultimatum" and "Domino," his career would get a huge boost should he land this role. Variety reports that Jordi Molla ("Columbiana," "Blow") is also being considered for the villain, which Abrams insists is not 'Khan.'

Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins

- Fox Searchlight is taking over "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho," after the project was in development for four years at Paramount. Sacha Gervasi ("Anvil: The Story of Anvil") is directing, Anthony Hopkins is attached to play the titular role and now Helen Mirren is set to play his wife, Alma Reville. The film is based on Stephen Rebello's non-fiction book about how Hitchcock--though in his prime as a director--struggled to get "Psycho"--a lowly horror film--off the ground, before it became a significant hit and enduring critics' favorite. John McLaughlin, who shares writing credits on "Black Swan," penned the adaptation.

- Juno Temple and Sharon Stone will join Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard in "Lovelace." Stone will play Linda Lovelace's (Seyfried) mother, while Temple will play her best friend. Sarsgaard plays her first husband, Chuck Traynor (who forced her into the porn industry) and Wes Bentley will play her second husband, Larry Marchiano. "Howl" directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are helming the project. Here are more project details. Shooting begins next month in Los Angeles.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.