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Early Edition: Blake Lively Ready for ‘Savages’; New Director for ‘Wolverine’; More


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Blake Lively might not be taking her planned trip down the Yellow Brick Road. Lively, who won critical acclaim for her role in Ben Affleck's 'The Town,' is now first in line for the female lead in Oliver Stone's 'Savages,' a story about two Laguna Beach marijuana kingpins who are forced to work for a Mexican drug cartel after the free-spirited girlfriend they share is kidnapped, according to Variety.

Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch have been in talks to play the two male leads, with Benicio del Toro negotiating to be one of the cartel enforcers. If Lively is in fact offered the part, she may have to give up the role of Glinda the Good Witch of the East, which she was considering, in Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' for Disney. 'Savages,' which Stone will write and direct for Universal, is being eyed for a June start date.

'Wolverine' may be coming off hold soon. According to TheWrap, Fox has shown an interest in having Duncan Jones direct the film and Jones, in turn, is interested. As you'll recall, Darren Aronofsky was originally going to direct, but he pulled out in March because of scheduling issues. And since the film was to shoot in Japan -- the story line has Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, traveling to Japan to learn from a Samurai master -- the production was further delayed by the earthquake and tsunami that shattered that country. Jones, the son of David and Angela Bowie -- directed the recent 'Source Code' and cult film 'Moon.'

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