Ask The Dust: According to Variety, Salma Hayek will star with Colin Farrell for DreamWorks in Ask the Dust, the Robert Towne-directed adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel.

Hayek will play the fiery Mexican beauty Camilla, who hopes to rise above her station by marrying a wealthy American. That is complicated by meeting Arturo Bandini (Farrell), a first-generation Italian hoping to land a writing career and a blue-eyed blonde on his arm.

Shooting begins early next year in South Africa.

Brian B.