Casting: Beckinsale, Willis, Witherspoon

By Garth Franklin Friday December 16th 2005 07:27PM

"Kate Beckinsale has signed on for a lead role in David Gordon Green's latest pic, "Snow Angels." Sam Rockwell and Olivia Thirlby also star in the indie, which starts shooting in February. Beckinsale will play a small-town waitress who has suffered through a tumultuous relationship with her estranged husband (Rockwell). Gordon Green adapted the script from the novel by Stewart O'Nan..." (full details)

"Bruce Willis will star in "Morgan's Summit," a drama written and to be directed by Tom Schulman ("Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag"). Shooting starts in L.A. in early spring. Willis will play a radio host whose latenight show is devoted to songs and stories that promote the power of kindness. His devotion to redemption changes when a brutal crime affects his life, and his thoughts turn to vengeance..." (full details)

"Universal Pictures has acquired Don Winston's spec script "Our Family Troubles" and will develop the drama as a starring vehicle for Reese Witherspoon. Drama, which will get a new title, casts Witherspoon as a first-time mother so plagued by unexplained phenomena that she doubts her own sanity. When she returns to her Tennessee home, she fixates on the legend of the Bell Witch and becomes convinced the evil spirit is intent on harming her son..."" (full details)

"Lukas Haas, Giovanni Ribisi and Erika Christensen have signed on to topline indie "The Gardener of Eden" for Appian Way. Penned by Adam "Tex" Davis, the dark comedy centers on a young man who accidentally saves a girl from a neighborhood assault and then decides his calling in life is to become a modern-day hero. Kevin Connolly will make his directorial debut..." (full details)