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Aside from being the son of a well-known film director, and for being an accomplished Academy Award-nominated filmmaker in his own right, Jason Reitman is perhaps most famous for his live stage readings of well-known screenplays at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Reitman has staged Ghostbusters and The Big Lebowski, in the past, but this month’s entry is truly ambitious: The Empire Strikes Back. As much as casting is tricky whenever one of these readings is mounted, it must be no easy task to fill the mythic shoes of Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams and Frank Oz. Reitman recently revealed who will play some of the key roles in his Empire reading, and in an interview he highlighted the reasons why he’s chosen the chosen ones. (more…)

The sad passing of Michael Clarke Duncan in September left a sizable whole in Hollywood, and an equally sizable hole in the cast of the upcoming sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. Duncan was scheduled to return to the role of mob enforcer Manute in the Robert Rodriguez-directed sequel, but with his untimely death someone was going to have to step into the part, and the filmmakers seemed to have found their someone.

The someone in question is Dennis Haysbert, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Haysbert is famous for his TV roles as 24‘s President Palmer,The Unit’sSgt. Maj. Blane and All State Insurance’s spokesperson. As you may or may not know, with his a deep, gravely voice and standing at an imposing height of six-feet, four inches, Haysbert makes for a sadly ideal Ducan substitute for the film and the part.

Duncan died in September from complications after suffering a heart attack this summer. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to the 2005 hit Sin City, is currently in production for an October 2013 release.

Source: Screen Rant