The Pink Panther: According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Beckham is in negotiations to join the cast of MGM's The Pink Panther. The world's most celebrated soccer player would play a cameo role as -- what else? -- a soccer player in the film, which follows a detective solving the murder of a famous soccer coach and the theft of the Pink Panther diamond.

Talks for Beckham to take the role are hinging on resolving a scheduling conflict that MGM and Beckham's manager are trying to iron out.

The film is due to go into production in May and is scheduled for a July 2005 release.

Brian B.