• Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to play chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton in the indie film Blood, Bones & Butter, based on Hamilton’s 2011 memoir chronicling her unconventional path to opening her own restaurant, Prune, in New York City. No writer or director are yet attached. [THR]
• Amy Adams has joined director David O. Russell’s untitled true-life drama (previously titled American Bulls—) about a con man (Bradley Cooper) who teams up with the F.B.I. agent who busted him (Jeremy Renner) on one of the biggest sting operations in the nation’s history. Adams will play Maxine “Max” Gardner, the con man’s mistress and partner-in-crime. [THR]
• First Teddy, now Ike. Robin Williams will play President Dwight D. Eisenhower for director Lee Daniels‘ The Butler, his reps announced Wednesday. The film traces the life of White House butler Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker) who served eight presidents over the course of three decades. Oprah Winfrey will play his wife, and the cast includes Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, and Jane Fonda.
• Kevin Kline will party hardy opposite Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Robert De Niro in Last Vegas, a comedy about four old buddies who travel to Sin City for a bachelor party for the last one (Douglas) to remain unattached. Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) is directing the script by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love). [Deadline]
Casting Net: Jeremy Renner eyeing David O. Russell drama. Plus: Daniel Radcliffe, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Depp
Casting Net: Anthony Mackie may join ‘Captain America’ sequel as the Falcon. Plus: Richard Jenkins, Vince Vaughn