Busy actor Robert Downey Jr. is getting ready for a tune up. The Oscar winner is set to star in a new musical based at a theater camp.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is developing the comedy for Downey, who would play one half of a Broadway songwriting team who "find themselves creatively and financially bankrupt when their big-break musical flops."
In an attempt to find inspiration, the duo take jobs at the theater camp they attended as kids, teaching singing and dancing while coming up with a plan for a big comeback.
There's been a lot of talk about breathing new life into Anne Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles" book series for the big screen, and the author believes she's found the ideal actor to play toothy Lestat: Robert Downey Jr.
"That would be wonderful. He is a great actor," she tells New York magazine's Vulture. "He would bring the gravitas and the wit and humor and all of that to the part, and I don’t think he’s too old."
A golden-locked Tom Cruise played the studly bloodsucker in 1994's "Interview With the Vampire," and Rice believes 45-year-old Downey could really sink his teeth into the role with a little help from the professionals.
The boys - and one esteemed woman - are back in this week's casting report roundup.
Robert Downey Jr. is said to be in the running to play the wizard in a Disney prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," the LA Times reports.
Downey has reportedly been chatting with the film’s producers about portraying the wizard before he became the man behind the curtain. Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) and Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”) are said to be the two directors in talks to lead the cast. Word on the street is that this film, just like everything else these days, is aiming to be in 3-D. If this sounds all kinds of awesome to you, don't get your hopes up - the LA Times noted that Downey's schedule may prevent him taking the part.
Jack Nicholson, 73, has been offered a part in your grandfather's version of “The Hangover,” NYMag's Vulture reports.
Robert Downey Jr.'s next comic-to-film role: "Cowboys and Aliens." The film tells the story of an alien invasion in the Old West. Guy Ritchie also turns to comic books for his next project. CNN's Douglas Hyde catches you up on Hollywood news, including Colbie Caillat's no. 1 album.
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