This week:

Kristen Stewart decides to Lie Down In Darkness; John Leguizamo turns evil in Kick Ass 2 and The Counselor; Matthew McConaughey joins The Wolf of Wall Street; Christian Bale eyes The Creed of Violence and Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson get technological in William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

Kristen Stewart’s personal life may be in turmoil, but that doesn’t mean that she’s letting things slide on the professional side. The Twilight actress is ‘attached’ to the lead role in an adaptation of William Styron’s 1951 novel, Lie Down In Darkness, which is set to be directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart).

According to Vulture:

“Set in genteel fifties Virginia, Lie Down will have Stewart play Peyton Loftis. As part of a dysfunctional and disintegrating family, Peyton is constantly compared to her crippled sister, Maudie, and her intense physical beauty makes her the object of her frigid mother’s jealous hatred and the target of her father’s incestuous, alcoholic lust.”

Sounds like a bundle of laughs.

The independent film will go into production once it secures financing.

Source: Vulture

John Leguizamo has joined the casts of Kick Ass 2 and The Counselor. Both parts will be villainous in nature.

The actor will play Javier, Red Mist’s bodyguard in the superhero sequel which stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. He will also take on the role of a low level drug dealer, in the Cormac McCarthy-scripted Ridley Scott film, opposite Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.

On a lighter note, he has also signed on to the ABC pilot Only Fools and Horses, a remake of the great British sitcom.

Source: Deadline

Matthew McConaughey has been hitting it out of the (trailer?) park recently, acting wise. Roles in films like Killer Joe and Magic Mike have shown that there’s more to the actor than starring in romantic comedies with his shirt off. Although he does still shed quite a bit of clothing in both Joe and Mike.

Anyway, the legendary bongo player has now snagged a plum role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. McConaughey will play Mark Hanna, the early boss and mentor of DiCaprio’s character, Jordan Belfort.

It looks like McConaughey’s career is going to ‘just keep living’.

Source: THR

Batman Christian Bale is in early negotiations to star in an adaptation of Boston Teran’s novel, The Creed of Violence for writer/director Todd Field.

“[The story] depicts the 1910 Mexican revolution via the gun sights of an unlikely duo: small-time assassin Rawbone and John Lourdes, a young Bureau of Investigation agent. The two are forced to work together to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underground, encountering thieves, smugglers and professional killers.”

It should be noted that negotiations are in the early stages and Bale’s signing on to the project is far from a sure thing. However, it does look like Bale is parlaying his Batman clout into making interesting films.

Source: Variety

Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson have been offered roles in director Vicenzo Natali’s adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

According to Movie Hole:

“The book that launched the cyberpunk generation tells of Case, ‘the hottest computer cowboy cruising the information superhighway–jacking his consciousness into cyberspace, soaring through tactile lattices of data and logic, rustling encoded secrets for anyone with the money to buy his skills’ and how he ends up double-crossing the wrong people, and has his talent burnt out of his brain, “micron by micron”. Case is ‘Banished from cyberspace, trapped in the meat of his physical body’ until he is offered a second chance.”

Again, these roles are far from certain, but if the combined star wattage of Wahlberg and Neeson can’t get this long-in-development project off the ground, then it’ll be awhile before anyone else can.

Source: Movie Hole

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.