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Old Spice Launches New Star, Fincher's Final Four, Mulligan Considers Horror, Carell Raised by Wolfs

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 28, 2010 at 3:49AM

Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice guy who revived a deodorant brand, is launching a career as a movie star (or at least A YouTube phenomenon). With roles in the Aniston/Bateman flick Horrible Bosses (a cop), Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (both releasing next year), and a guest spot on NBC's Chuck, this man's life is about to change even more. Mustafa spoke with THR about the luck of booking the Old Spice commercial, his dream to be on SNL (he was "in love with Mr. Bill"), his current vegan-cleansing diet, and whether he is truly a ladies man: "No, I'm not one of those guys. If a woman is into me, it usually takes me a while to figure that out. She has to hit me over the head with it." But he certainly knows what women want...
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Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice guy who revived a deodorant brand, is launching a career as a movie star (or at least A YouTube phenomenon). With roles in the Aniston/Bateman flick Horrible Bosses (a cop), Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (both releasing next year), and a guest spot on NBC's Chuck, this man's life is about to change even more. Mustafa spoke with THR about the luck of booking the Old Spice commercial, his dream to be on SNL (he was "in love with Mr. Bill"), his current vegan-cleansing diet, and whether he is truly a ladies man: "No, I'm not one of those guys. If a woman is into me, it usually takes me a while to figure that out. She has to hit me over the head with it." But he certainly knows what women want...

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- Meanwhile, David Fincher is closing in on casting Lisbeth Salander in his English-language film adaptation of the global bestseller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The final four contenders are: Aussies Sophie Lowe and Sarah Snook, French Lea Seydoux (pictured) and American Rooney Mara. As we reported here, for whatever reason, Fincher has moved away from the likes of Natalie Portman, South African singer/rapper Yo-Landi Vi$$ar, Kristen Stewart, Ellen Page, Carey Mulligan and the rest. (EW reports that Portman turned down the role, perhaps because she won't do nudity.) It may be just as well. This will be a career defining role; pre-established fame could take away from an actress's potential to personify Salander's anti-establishment female role model.

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- For her part, at 25, Mulligan has already nabbed an Oscar nomination and isn't hurting for projects. In the mix for both 2012's My Fair Lady and Sam Mendes' film adaptation of Ian McEwan's On Chisel Beach (roles many would kill for), Mulligan is now considering Cradle Will Fall (subject to a rewrite), a low-budget horror flick from Screen Gems in the vein of The Hand That Rocked The Cradle. The filmmakers are reportedly chasing the likes of Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett to play Mulligan's mother. The Playlist suspects that Mulligan is "just an unrealistic name at the top of the wish-list," since the actress has her pick of the best scripts out there.

- Steve Carell is reported to be starring and producing in an original comedy from writer Les Firestein; Raised by Wolfs. With several upcoming producing projects through his Carousel Productions, Carell likes to multi-task. The plot of Raised by Wolfs is a mystery--'Wolfs' is a last name reference. With the success of this year's Date Night and Despicable Me ($328 million worldwide combined) this weekend's opener Dinner for Schmucks could make Carell a full fledged bankable movie star -which means it is indeed the right time for him to officially leave The Office.

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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.