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Casting Roundup: Winslet, Phoenix and Dawson Get the Gigs

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All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

• Great news for YA fans! Kate Winslet is in talks to join Shailene Woodley in "Divergent," the screen adaptation of Veronica Roth's dystopian novel set to hit theaters on March 21, 2014. Winslet's is also set for Alan Rickman's period drama "A Little Chaos," which follows rival landscape gardeners both commissioned to create a fountain at Versailles by Louis XIV [Variety / The Playlist

Joaquin Phoenix will reunite with his "The Master" director Paul Thomas Anderson for "Inherent Vice," the screen adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's crime novel set in 1969 Los Angeles that chronicles the attempts of private detective and marijuana enthusiast 'Doc' Sportello to get to the bottom of a convoluted mystery. [Yahoo! Movies]

Rosario Dawson is, indeed, the "Queen of the Night." The "Sin City" beauty is joining Ryan Reynolds in the Atom Egoyan-directed crime thriller about a father who discovers his daughter who was abducted eight years earlier might still be alive. Dawson will be playing the (hot) detective on the case. [Deadline]

Reese Witherspoon can tell "A Good Lie." The "This Means War" stunner is in talks to join the cast of the true-life drama that follows a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the United States with three other lost boys and the brash American assigned to help them. [Deadline]

• Kids, don't sell drugs ... unless it's going to make for a good movie some day. Evan Peters and Bella Heathcote are set to star in "The Preppie Connection," the true-life drama that chronicles the exploits of a group of Choate private school students who ran a drug distribution operation in the early '80s. [Deadline]

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James Franco just can't ... be ... stopped. The prolific producer-director-actor-etc. who's currently sexing it up at Sundance is in talks to direct and star in "American Tabloid," the long-awaited screen adaptation of James Ellroy's epic crime novel that chronicles five years in the lives of three ex-law enforcement officers embroiled in shady Washington dealings that lead to the JFK assassination. [Deadline]

Ray Liotta is back with "The Muppets." The "Muppets From Space" star (remember?) will be appearing in the still-untitled "Muppets" sequel with fellow human co-stars Tina Fey, Ty Burrell and Ricky Gervais. Liotta's role is being kept under wraps ... which has us thinking he'll be playing Gate Guard again. [Variety]

Mackenzie Davis is throwing in everything, including "The Kitchen Sink." The "Smashed" star, who's currently turning heads at Sundance with "Breathe In," is joining Nicholas Braun for the horror comedy following the unlikely alliance between a high school-aged vampire, zombie, and human as they try to save their own from invading aliens. [The Playlist]

• Is Charlie Hunnam the new Ron Perlman? The young actor may have replaced his "Pacific Rim" co-star (they star together on "Sons of Anarchy," too) as director Guillermo del Toro's favorite as he's in talks to join Emma Stone in the director's haunted house thriller, "Crimson Peak." Ah, there's probably a part for Perlman, too. [Heat Vision]

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• Carice van Houten has logged on to "The Fifth Estate," the WikiLeaks movie being directed by "Breaking Dawn" director Bill Condon. The "Game of Thrones" beauty will play Birgitta Jonsdottir, an Icelandic journalist who became spokesman for the site, joining Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Bruhl as his right-hand man Daniel Domscheit-Berg. [Variety]

Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven and Juno Temple are packing their bags for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." No word on who they'll be playing, though it's probably safe to say that Temple, as sexy as she can be, probably isn't playing Ava Lord, the titular Dame to Kill For. [The Playlist]

Dumbledore and Dr. Octopus, sittin' in a tree! Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina will play a married couple in "Love is Strange," the follow-up to director Ira Sachs' semi-autobiographical drama, "Keep the Lights On." "Love" will similarly explore the romantic ups and downs of a gay relationship. [Deadline]

• Ewan McGregor has been recruited for some spy games. The "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" star (hey, it was nominated for a bunch of Golden Globes) has joined "Our Kind of Traitor," director Justin Kurzel's adaptation of John Le Carre's novel about an English couple who get mixed up with a mysterious Russian businessman. [The Playlist]

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