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Sean Penn to Direct Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 02:  Sean Penn and Charlize Theron attend the Fame and Philanthropy Post-Oscar Party at The Vineyard on March 2, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Penn is in negotiations to direct The Last Face, about a humanitarian relief worker (Theron) who falls in love with a doctor (Bardem) while working in Africa; Exarchopolous, of Blue Is the Warmest Color fame, would play a (presumably very pouty) journalist. Does the Gigli curse manifest itself when one person is directing and the other is acting? Or are we working with better odds here? Anyway, good luck to handsome couple Sean Penn and Charlize Theron on their many artistic and romantic endeavors!

Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty