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In Five: Anne Hathaway Boards “The Lifeboat,” Frank Langella Steps Into “King Lear,” and More Culture News

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1. Anne Hathaway has signed on to star in and produce “The Lifeboat,” based on the book by Charlotte Rogan. “The story centers on Grace Winter, who is standing trial for murder in 1914. The young woman is both a newlywed and a widow, and she recounts how she survived the sinking of the transatlantic ship Empress with the help of her new husband only to end up in a lifeboat.” William Broyles Jr. (“Flags of Our Fathers”) is writing the script, and no director is currently attached. [Hollywood Reporter]

2. Scarlett Johansson is a last minute addition to “Her,” the upcoming film from Spike Jonze. The actress will replace Samantha Morton, providing a voice-over role in the film. “Her” stars Joaquin Phoenix and has a great premise: “”A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.” Johansson will voice the operating system. Rooney Mara and Amy Adams will also star in the film, which is set to be released sometime later this year. [Vulture]

3. Frank Langella will step into the role of “King Lear,” in a new production set to open at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The production will be directed by Angus Jackson, and is set to run from Jan. 7 to Feb. 9. [Artsbeat]

4. Danny Huston is the latest actor to join “Big Eyes,” the new film from director Tim Burton. The actor will join Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, and Jason Schwartzman in the film, which is “based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane and her manipulative husband Walter, who took credit for her artwork.” Huston will play a gossip columnist in the film. [Deadline]

5. Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson (“New Girl”), and Anna Kendrick star in “Drinking Buddies,” the new film from director Joe Swanberg. The film revolves around a couple swap, and seems pretty standard romantic comedy fluff. This seems like a strong push toward the commercial market from the director, whose previous work was low-budget, unfiltered, and made to exist outside the Hollywood system. “Drinking Buddies” opens in theaters August 23rd. Watch the trailer below. [EW]

Previously: Jason Schwartzman, Jonathan Franzen, James Murphy, Michael Chabon, “Crystal Fairy”

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