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Jeffrey Wright Is Swimming in Some Muddy Waters

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Wright, Brody Set Records: Jeffrey Wright stars as legendary blues musician Muddy Waters opposite Adrien Brody as the famed R&B record exec Leonard Chess in Sony BMG’s fifties-set Cadillac Records. Let’s see, period drama about tumultuous changes in American culture starring a pair of respected character actors — we could be looking at Talk to Me–level grosses here! [Variety]

World’s Hottest Guinea Pig: Penélope Cruz will voice the role of Juarez, a stealthy guinea pig, in Disney’s live-action and CG commando-animals comedy G-Force, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who, between this and Confessions of a Shopaholic, is showing alarming signs of branching out. [HR]

Gosling As Ryan?: Phillip Noyce, director of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, lets slip in an interview that he’s no longer attached to the Tom Clancy–Jack Ryan franchise but that he’s heard that Ryan Gosling will take over the role. Look, we like Ryan Gosling, and we don’t care about Jack Ryan, but doesn’t this seem a little weird? Why don’t they just make a nice Ryan Gosling movie instead? [Moviehole]

Everyone to Play Coachella: The 2008 Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival, set to run from April 25–27 in Indio, California, is cramming an astonishing number of bands into three days of fest, including Jack Johnson, Roger Waters, Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Jack White’s Raconteurs, the Breeders, Love and Rockets (seriously), Rilo Kiley, and a ton more. Road trip, anybody? [Billboard]

Wolf Man Rolls Blunt: Emily Blunt confirms that she’s doing her part to make Mark Romanek’s remake of The Wolf Man one of the most intriguing horror projects of the next year as she joins a cast that includes Anthony Hopkins and Benicio Del Toro in the title role. [CinemaBlend]

Jeffrey Wright Is Swimming in Some Muddy Waters