HOLLYWOOD — “The Impossible” Oscar-nominee Naomi Watts stars as “Diana” in the film about Princess Diana’s last two years. After Prince Charles, Diana dated Dodi Fayed, who died in the fatal car crash with her and who’ll be played by British actor Naveen Andrews. He is best known for “The English Patient” (1996), the TV series “The Ten Commandments” (2006), 114 episodes of “Lost” and the first seven episodes of the upcoming SYFI 12 episode series, “Sinbad.”
Andrews also is in the reboot of “The Black Lagoon” (as in “The Creature From the Black Lagoon”), originally to be produced by Guillermo Del Toro and written by Del Toro and Clint Eastwood. Eli Roth was set to direct, and Eastwood, an uncredited lab technician in the 1955 “Revenge of the Creature,” also was to star. Also cast were Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Josh Brolin, Michael Biehn and Julia Adams, of the original “Creature” films. Universal Studios won’t say anything except, “Whatever incarnation of this franchise we come up with will be released in 2014.”
Princess Diana called Hasnat Khan “the love of my life” and was devastated when he broke off their relationship. Apparently, he couldn’t handle the constant press attention surrounding her. Khan will be played by Canadian actor Cas Anvar, seen in small roles in “Argo,” “Transformers: The Revenge of the Fallen” (2009), and as Haakim Habib on “NCIS.”
Meanwhile, producers of the Korean sci-fi thriller “Snow Piercer” have loaded their cast with top-name actors to ensure success: Chris Evans (“Captain America”), Jamie Bell (“Jumper” and “The Adventures of TinTin”), Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”), two-time Oscar nominee John Hurt, 2011 Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (“The Help”) and four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris. The $39 million film is now in the capable hands of Harvey Weinstein.
“Diana,” “Snow Piercer,” “Foxcatcher” (which stars Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall), and the Spike Jonze film “Her” (starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara) were supposed to premiere at the Venice Film Festival, but despite their great casts were dropped from the Fest.
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Look out Meryl, Amy Adams is nipping at your heels. The 38-year-old beauty (who only lasted three weeks working at Hooters) turned to acting and has made 35 films since 1999, She’s been Oscar nominated four times, for “June Bug” (2005), “Doubt” (2008), “The Fighter” (2010) and “The Master” (2012). In addition to “Her,” she’s filmed “American Hustle” (due out Christmas Day), with “The Fighter” co-star Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner and Louis C.K., and “Lullaby,” with Garrett Hedland and Terrance Howard. Hooters’ loss was Oscar’s gain!
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