Diablo Cody (‘Juno,’ ‘United States of Tara’) will make her directorial debut with ‘Lamb of God,’ a comedy that follows a young conservative religious woman who loses her faith after a plane crash, decides to go to Las Vegas to live the life of a sinner, and on her journey finds her way back to her faith. Cody also wrote the script for the film, which Mandate Pictures is fast-tracking. [The Hollywood Reporter] Sony has picked up Hossein Amini’s ‘Shadow Runner,’ an original thriller about elite commandos that will star Chris Hemsworth. Amini is one of the writers of ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ (which stars Hemsworth) and wrote the much buzzed-about ‘Drive,’ which was directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and stars Ryan Gosling. The studio is keeping mum about the exact details of the story line. [The Hollywood Reporter] Warner Bros. has announced that Clint Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’ biopic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, the legendary FBI chief who dominated crimefighting in the middle of the 20th century, will be released sometime in October. The film also stars Naomi Watts, Judi Dench and Armie Hammer. The studio also announced a December release for Stephen Daldry’s ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,’ a drama about a young man who believes his father, a victim of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, left a message for him somewhere in New York City, and he searches for a lock that fits a mysterious key found in his father’s closet. Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn star. [The Hollywood Reporter] ‘Due Date’ writers Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland have just sold a pitch to Warner Bros. that has Will Ferrell attached to star. The film is described as a buddy comedy in which Ferrell plays a narcissistic hedge fund manager who thinks he has seen God. [Deadline] Roland Emmerich gets to blow up things again for Sony. The studio has closed a deal for the director’s sci-fi film ‘Singularity.’ Although the studio has already announced a release date (May 17, 2013), they have not released any more information about the project. [The Wrap] Anne Thompson over at Thompson on Hollywood (part of Moviefone sister site indieWIRE) has revealed that Catherine Hardwicke (‘Thirteen,’ ‘Twilight,’ ‘Red Riding Hood’) will direct Noomi Rapace (‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’) in a biopic of Swedish singer Anita Lindblom and her romance with boxer Bosse Högberg, who will be played by Ola Rapace, the actress’ husband. Their hot love affair in the 1960s was the topic of gossip rags around the country. Shooting is slated for the fall for a late 2012 release in Scandinavia.
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