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Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming Swing Onto Broadway

Spidey Stuff: As had already pretty much been confirmed, Evan Rachel Wood will play Mary Jane Watson in Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, beginning Broadway previews this February. On the newsy front, Alan Cumming will be joining her as Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin. Oh, man, Green Goblin again? We were totally pulling for Vulture. [ [HR]

Freyed Ends: James Frey is selling the screen rights to his planned sci-fi series I Am Number Four to Dreamworks, with Michael “$201 million, motherfuckers” Bay attached to direct and perhaps produce. The first book in the series is now making the rounds at publishing houses, and was actually being pitched with Frey’s name not attached for reasons as of yet unclear; there is also an unnamed co-author. The plot revolves around nine alien teens who escape to Earth right before their planet it is attacked by hostile other-aliens and then must dodge said killer aliens … all while finishing tomorrow’s trig homework! [Variety]

How High-end?: Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci — the power screenwriting team behind this summer’s Star Trek and Transformers 2 — will produce License to Steal for Paramount. The project, loosely based on a article about the high-end repo business, is being written by Shane Salerno, and was apparently a very hot item: McG and Bryan Singer attempted to pitch it to Warner Bros. and Sony (respectively) before Paramount snatched it up. All this action around a movie about the high-end repo business, huh? This is one of those (many, many) times we just don’t get Hollywood. [Variety]

DFW: David Lipsky’s biography/“memoiristic sketch” of David Foster Wallace, beaten to the publishers earlier this month by D.T. Max’s more traditional take, has found a home: The book, Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself, based on a five-day stretch of the Infinite Jest book tour that Lipsky tagged along for, will be out next year as a trade paperback via Random House imprint Broadway Books. [Arts Beat/NYT]

Boo: Hey, remember when we finally got to see Jacob in the Lost season finale? Yeah, that was cool. SEGUE: Mark Pellegrino, the actor who played Jacob, has been cast as the devil on the CW’s Supernatural. Wait, really? Isn’t there some kind of rules committee that prevents actors portraying sure-to-be iconic TV characters from being on shows we’ve never heard of? [Ausiello Files/EW]

Scammed: Craig Brewer, the director of Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, will shoot the pilot for FX’s Terriers, a comedy about an ex-cop turned private eye. In related news, it’s getting a little bit better out there for a pimp. [Variety]

Evan Rachel Wood and Alan Cumming Swing Onto Broadway