Casting: Christensen, Amell, DeNiro, Arkin

Marco Polo
Hayden Christensen is set to star in filmmaker Rob Cohen’s fantasy-action thriller “Marco Polo” at Paramount Pictures, China Film Group, Yuehua Entertainment, Huahua Film & Media Culture, and Phoenix Entertainment.

Christensen would play the Venetian merchant who embarked on a 24-year journey into China in the 13th century. This would mark the actor’s first U.S. studio film since 2010’s “Takers”. [Source: Heat Vision]

Nine Lives
Robbie Amell (“The Flash”) is in negotiations to join Kevin Spacey in Barry Sonnenfeld’s high-concept comedy “Nine Lives” at EuropaCorp. Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin wrote the script.

Spacey plays a workaholic businessman who suffers a terrible accident that leaves him trapped in the body of the family cat. Christopher Walker and Malina Weissman co-star. [Source: The Wrap]

Robert De Niro is reportedly aboard to play Italian racer/engineer Enzo Ferrari in a biopic entitled “Ferrari”. Clint Eastwood is reportedly interested in directing, provisional on a script likely to be written by Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson.

The film will run from 1945 to the 1980s, a period of Ferrari’s life that saw him emerge from a racing career to spearhead the Ferrari team’s successes in ensuing years. Filming will begin later this year in Italy. [Source: Empire]

Going in Style
Alan Arkin is set to join Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in the reinvention of the 1979 George Burns caper comedy “Going in Style” at New Line. Zach Braff will direct from Ted Melfi’s script and filming begins August 3rd in New York City.

The story follows three retired men who lose their pensions when the company they’ve worked for their entire lives is sold to a foreign corporation. Desperate for money to survive, they set out to try to rob the very bank that’s withholding their money. [Source: Variety]

Can You Ever Forgive Me
Julianne Moore is in negotiations to star in Nicole Holofcener’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me” for Fox Searchlight. Based on the 2008 memoir by Lee Israel, Anne Carey will produce the film.

Israel was a respected biographer who fell on hard times and turned to counterfeiting the letters of deceased writers and celebrities in order to pay her rent. When the forgeries started to raise suspicion, she turned to stealing the actual letters from library archives and sold them through an ex-con fence. [Source: Variety]