This week:

Christina Hendricks joins Dark Places; Universal may acquire The 39 Clues; Marion Cotillard will play Lady Macbeth; Ben Affleck has already started training to play Batman; and Sharni Vinson joins the female Expendables.

Man Men star Christina Hendricks has signed on for the role of older Krissi in Dark Places, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn.

The novel’s story centers on a girl named Libby (Charlize Theron) who was the sole survivor of a brutal massacre.  Although, at the time, Libby believed that her brother Ben (Corey Stoll) was responsible for the crime, new evidence 25 years later suggests she might have been wrong. Hendricks’ character, Krissi, is a stripper who, when she was younger, accused Ben of being a child molester.

Although Hendricks is most known for her role as Joan Harris on Mad Men, she has slowly been making a name for herself in features. She just recently finished production on Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster.

Source: Deadline

Universal Pictures is apparently in talks to acquire the rights to The 39 Clues, a 10-book puzzle/adventure series from author David Baldacci.

At one point, Dreamworks was working on an adaptation of the books, with Steven Spielberg and then Shawn Levy (The Internship) in line to direct off a script from Jeff Nathanson – but now that the project is in turnaround Universal wants to scoop it up.

Although most who recognize The 39 Clues will remember the book for its collectible card game, there was actually a story tying all of the various puzzle-solving elements together. Two siblings, the Cahills, discover that their family is one of the most powerful in history, and are in a race against their relatives to uncover the eponymous 39 clues. The story certainly has potential, like a young adult version of National Treasure.

Source: THR

Marion Cotillard has signed on to play Lady Macbeth in Justan Kurzel’s forthcoming adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous play, Macbeth.

Cotillard will star opposite Michael Fassbender, who signed on to play the eponymous king a few months ago. At the time of Fassbender’s casting it was also reported that Natalie Portman was to play Lady Macbeth, but she has apparently departed the project. Coincidentally this is the second project on which Fassbender and Portman were supposed to work together before things fell apart – the other being Jane Got a Gun.

As for Cotillard, she takes on a role and story that have been done numerous times on both stage and screen. What is said to make this particular adaptation unique, however, is a “visceral” approach to the battle sequences.

Macbeth is slated to start filming in the UK this January.

Source: Deadline

He was only confirmed for the role last Thursday, but Ben Affleck is reportedly already bulking up to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman vs. Superman.

Although this iteration of Batman is speculated to be an older, wiser tactician, Warner Bros. likely still wants the 41-year-old Affleck to “fill” out the batsuit. After all, it’s practically par for the course at this point for actors in superhero films to pump some iron.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Affleck has hit the gym for a role. Just a few years ago he beefed up for his role as a Boston bank robber in The Town, so he shouldn’t have a hard time gaining some muscle. Whether he will be able to equal the physique of Henry Cavill (a.k.a. Superman) is another thing.

Source: US Weekly

You’re Next star Sharni Vinson has joined the cast of the all-female Expendables project, which may be titled ExpendaBelles.

Vinson joins a cast that already includes Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6) and Katee Sackhoff (Riddick). We haven’t heard anything about this project in a while, but it’s apparently still in development with Dutch Southern writing the script.

Most wouldn’t recognize Vinson based on name alone, but her work in You’re Next likely helped secure her the this job. Yes, it’s a horror film, but there’s a lot more to it than that.

Deadline: Collider