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Casting Net: Taylor Swift nearing noteworthy role as Joni Mitchell, plus Mark Wahlberg, Guy Pearce, Jaden Smith

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Taylor Swift is in negotiations to make her big-screen dramatic debut as singer-songwriter icon Joni Mitchell in Girls Like Us, based on the book by Sheila Weller. Casting directors are also looking to fill the roles of Carly Simon and Carole King, with Milk star Allison Pill reportedly under consideration. [Variety]

Mark Wahlberg will come a-knockin’ for Avon Man. Hugh Jackman was supposed to headline the long-in-development project, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with his X-Men spin-off The Wolverine. Wahlberg is now looking to produce and star. [Deadline]

• Lockout lead Guy Pearce is in final talks to join Robert Downey Jr.Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, and Don Cheadle in Iron Man 3. Pearce will play geneticist Aldrich Kilian, who develops nanotechnology that can spread viruses and sells it to terrorists. [Variety]

• Beyond her announced reunion with Steve Carell in The Way, Way Back, Toni Collette has lined up a few more indie projects: She’ll team with Jennifer Aniston in Miss You Already and also appear in The Long Way Down, based on Nick Hornby’s novel.  [Variety]

Jaden Smith is looking to slay audiences as the teen assassin lead of Boy Nobody, based on the Allen Zadoff’s YA novel trilogy, which hasn’t actually been published yet but is generating tons of buzz. [Variety]

John Krasinski and Matt Damon are welcoming Titus Welliver to join them in Promised Land (formerly called ), directed by Gus Van Sant.  [Variety]

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Originally posted April 20 2012 — 5:33 PM EDT

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