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William H. Macy to the Rescue

Kehinde Wiley's The Virgin Martyr St. Cecilia (2008).

Turns out we don't need to get Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum on the horn after all! According to a press release that just hit Vulture's in-box (not yet online), longtime Mamet collaborator William H. Macy and the previously tipped Norbert Leo Butz will be taking over for Jeremy "Mercury Rising" Piven in Speed-the-Plow. Butz will be onboard from now through January 11, at which point Macy will help the cast get through the show's scheduled February 22 close. Let's just be sure to keep both of them away from thermometers for the next few weeks, 'kay?

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