• Columbia Pictures has acquired Empire, a drama that John Logan (Gladiator) will write for Michael Mann to direct and Will Smith to topline, says Variety. The trade says that Smith is expected to play a contemporary global media mogul. 
  • Warner Bros. is developing a big screen version of Beau Willimon's play "Farragut North," with Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star and George Clooney eyeing the project as director. It is unclear yet whether Clooney will play a role in the film. 
  • Eric Bana will play villain Nero in Paramount Pictures' Star Trek, to be directed by J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III, "Lost," "Alias"), reports Variety. Anton Yelchin, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Leonard Nimoy have already boarded the USS Enterprise. Casting is under way in New York and London, and Abrams had been expected to pursue bigger-name actors for the roles of the villain and the Federation captain, the latter of which remains unfilled.

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