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  • The Passion of the Christ star Jim Caviezel (pictured) will join Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings) in a remake of the '60s sci-fi series The Prisoner for AMC that will premiere next year. The network will turn the classic into a six-part miniseries that will feature Caviezel in the title role of Number Six, which was once played by Prisoner creator and writer Patrick McGoohan. McKellen will play Number Two. The original series, which bowed in 1967, told the story of an ex-British government agent who is kidnapped and taken to a mysterious village where his captors try to extract information from him. AMC will adjust the plot to address 21st century issues such as security and surveillance.
  • Acclaimed movie actor Tim Roth is set to appear in Lie to Me, a Fox television series about a human lie detector. The drama is expected to debut early next year; Fox has made a 13-episode commitment. Based on the work of a real-life scientist who is able to read the human body and voice to determine if someone is being truthful, Lie to Me will be the first attempt at TV stardom for Roth, who currently appears in The Incredible Hulk and received an Oscar nomination for 1995's Rob Roy. A pilot is due to be shot in August.
  • The truth is out there for another Gillian Anderson character. The X-Files star will produce and star in a biopic of Martha Gellhorn, the pioneering female war correspondent who covered the Spanish Civil War and married Ernest Hemingway. Anderson's company, Fiddlehead Prods., has acquired the rights to Caroline Moorehead's 2004 biography Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life; playwright/screenwriter Sharman Macdonald (The Winter Guest) will adapt the book for the screen.

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