Casanova: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lasse Hallstrom has found his Casanova. Heath Ledger has signed on to topline the helmer's Walt Disney Co. period tale, with shooting set to start in August in Venice, Italy.

The casting continues Ledger's busy work slate for 2004. Later this month, he's due to step in front of the cameras on Lords of Dogtown for Columbia Pictures and helmer Catherine Hardwicke. He'll then follow that up with a lead role opposite Jake Gyllenhaal as a pair of love-crossed cowboys in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain for Focus Features. He then segues to Hallstrom's Casanova, a romantic comedy about the legendary Casanova and his pursuit of the one woman in Venice who doesn't fall prey to his charm.

Brian B.