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In the Works: Pitt Walks Into 'Candy Store,' Adam Driver For Wasikowska's 'Tracks,' Fincher Over 'Cleopatra' & Cholodenko's Next

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 24, 2012 at 2:29PM

Casting and project news, from Brad Pitt's "Candy Store" and Angelina Jolie's "Cleopatra" to Lisa Cholodenko's "November Criminals" and "Girls"'s Adam Driver...
Adam Driver in "Girls"
Adam Driver in "Girls"

- It may be the boy on HBO's "Girls" whose career is getting the sweetest boost. Adam Driver, who plays Lena Dunham's sometimes-boyfriend on the Emmy-nominated breakout show, is headed to Australia to star opposite Mia Wasikowska in John Curran's "Tracks." The film is based on Australian Robyn Davis' 1970s memoir of the same name, inspired by her National Geographic articles. It follows Davis (Aussie-born Wasikowska) as she embarks on a 1700-mile trek across the Outback. Driver will play NY photographer Rick Smolan. Driver already has Spielberg's "Lincoln" and the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis" in the pipeline; 2012 has been good to him.

- Screenwriter Stephen Gaghan ("Traffic," "Syriana") is set to direct his script "Candy Store," a crime thriller being produced by Lionsgate. Offers are currently out to Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, while Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper are said to be on a shortlist should Pitt not bite at the offer. The story pivots around a washed-up deep-cover op who starts a new life in Brooklyn, only to realize that the international crime ring he fought during his old career is also doing business in his new borough.

- David Fincher has reportedly lost interest in Egyptian beauty "Cleopatra," and is no longer in talks to direct the Sony epic, set to star Angelina Jolie. Ang Lee, whose "Life of Pi" is already gaining major Oscar buzz, is on the wishlist of directors who could replace Fincher. Here's more on the development of "Cleopatra."

- "The Artist"'s Berenice Bejo will replace Marion Cotillard for the next film by Asghar Farhadi (director of 2012's Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar winner "A Separation"). Tahar Rahim, the magnetic star of 2010's "A Prophet," is set to co-star with Bejo. The title and plot details are being kept secret, but the Playlist reports the film as a "social thriller" that should be wrapped by spring 2013. The combination of Cotillard and Rahim sounded too good to be true, but this will be a good chance to see if Bejo can charm in a talkie.

- "The Kids Are All Right" director Lisa Cholodenko is reportedly in talks to helm "November Criminals" for Indian Paintbrush. Penned by Steve Knight, the story is about a student investigating Washington D.C. inner circles in order to uncover clues surrounding a fellow student's mysterious death. This is new genre territory for Cholodenko, who has a lot on her plate, including the long-in-the-works "The Abstinence Teacher."

This article is related to: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Adam Driver, David Fincher, Lisa Cholodenko, IN THE WORKS, CASTING WATCH

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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.