According to Variety there is some major speculation on the casting front of New Regency's screen version of the TV soaper, Dallas. While the producer maintains no casting decisions will be final until Sacha Gervasi delivers a rewrite of the Robert Harling script, the thesps who've shown interest in doing the movie make it a potentially starry ensemble.
The first order of business is to lock in a J.R. Ewing. While speculation has John Travolta as the lead horse, folks close to the film said that isn't a certainty. For one thing, Mel Gibson hasn't completely ruled out the job, and while Kevin Costner has shown reluctance, he wants to see the rewrite. Tommy Lee Jones' name has also surfaced.
The leading candidate for Sue Ellen (originated by Linda Gray) is Catherine Zeta-Jones, but Demi Moore and Jennifer Lopez are also contemplating. Matthew McConaughey and Owen Wilson are being courted to play Bobby Ewing (originated by Patrick Duffy).
For the role of Pamela (played by Victoria Principal), Regency is eyeing Drew Barrymore and Reese Witherspoon, and for the Lucy role (played by Charlene Tilton), talk centers around Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson and Mandy Moore. Then there's chatter about Jane Fonda for Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes). Director Robert Luketic will end up with quite a cast.
On another note, the latest front-burner names attached to the next James Bond film, Casino Royale, are oft-rumored Daniel Craig, Henry Cavill (a contender in the "Superman" sweepstakes), Sam Worthington and Goran Visnjic.
Martin Campbell starts production in January on Casino Royale for Sony.
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