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The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly on Claire Danes

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My So-Called Lady: We’re stealing Playbill’s headline here because it’s too good to pass up. Claire Danes will make her Broadway debut as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion for Roundabout. Boyd Gaines (Journey’s End) is reportedly in talks to join Danes and the previously announced Jefferson Mays. [Playbill]

Efron Is Footloose: Zac Efron will kick off his Sunday shoes and star in a full-blown musical remake of Footloose for his High School Musical director Kenny Ortega. Paramount produces. [Variety]

Parker, Rudin on Coram Boy: Film version of Jamila Gavin’s novel Coram Boy will be written and directed by Alan Parker and produced by Scott Rudin for Miramax. Variety notes that Helen Edmundson’s stage version “has just opened on Broadway”; though that’s technically true, we feel obligated to mention that it has also just closed. [Variety]

Cheadle, Pearce Are Traitors: Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce sign on to Traitor, CIA espionage thriller written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, based on an idea by Steve Martin. Why is Martin wasting his time coming up with thriller ideas when he should be starring in Cheaper by the Dozen 3: Still Cheaper? [HR]

Wu-Tang Is Back: Protect ya neck! The Wu-Tang Clan’s new album, The 8 Diagrams, will be released in October. The album, the first recorded without Ol’ Dirty Bastard, does feature the rest of the group and is the first to feature producers other than the RZA. [Billboard]

Bond Returns to Print: Sebastian Faulks will take on writing duties in the James Bond series; his entry, Devil May Care, will be published in May on the 100th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s birth. Doubleday will publish in the U.S., Penguin in the U.K. [PW]

Clinton Book Scheduled: Bill Clinton’s new book for Knopf, nonfiction tome on philanthropy called Giving, will be published in September. Bob Gottlieb will edit. We were just thinking that between all the campaigning for Hillary and the charity work and the public speaking and the political advocacy, Clinton seems like he’s looking for another way to spend his time. [PW]

The Rain in Spain Falls Mainly on Claire Danes