Casting Call: Al Pacino To Face Off With 007?

“Juno” star Ellen Page is ready to ruffle some feathers in “Peacock.” Jessica Biel joins The Rock on “Planet 51.” Plus, did Bond producers make Al Pacino an offer he couldn’t refuse? It’s all in the latest edition of the Access Hollywood Casting Call!

Ellen Page and Cillian Murphy have signed on to star in the psychological thriller “Peacock,” Variety reports.

Murphy (“Batman Begins,” “Red Eye”) stars a man with split personalities who fools the people in his hometown of Peacock, Nebraska into believing his two personalities are husband and wife.

Page, the star of “Juno,” will play a struggling young mom who holds the answers to Murphy’s past and sparks a battle between his alter egos.

Production is slated to begin shooting in May.

Following the huge success of “Juno,” Page has had no problem filling up her acting schedule. The young actress has lined up three new films in the last month, including “Peacock,” Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell” and Drew Barrymore’s “Whip It.”

Murphy will reprise his role as Dr. Jonathan Crane in the next Batman chapter, “The Dark Knight,” and will also soon be seen opposite Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller in “The Edge of Love.”


Jessica Biel, Justin Long, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Seann William Scott will lend their voices the new 3D/CG animated feature, “Planet 51,” per The Hollywood Reporter.

Johnson will voice Capt. Charles “Chuck” Baker, an astronaut who lands on Planet 51 and soon finds green people living in an innocent world, afraid of alien invasion.

Long (“Live Free or Die Hard”) voices Lem, a local who becomes friends with Chuck. Biel plays Neera, Lem’s love interest. Scott will voice Skiff, Lem’s sidekick.

Studio expects production to be finished by March 2009, with a target release date of July 24, 2009.


Contrary to published reports, Al Pacino will not be appearing in the next James Bond movie, “Quantum of Solace.”

Reports surfaced suggesting the screen legend would step into the role as the head of an international terrorist organization.

However, a rep for the studio tells Access Hollywood the reports of Pacino joining the cast are not true.

“Quantum of Solace,” the 22nd Bond film, picks up where “Casino Royale” left off, with 007 (Daniel Craig) contemplating revenge after his betrayal by his true love, Vesper Lynd.

Mathieu Amalric has already been cast as the new Bond villain, while Gemma Arterton will play the new Bond babe — MI6 Agent Fields.

“Quantum of Solace” is slated for a November 7 release.

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