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Ryan Reynolds to Slum It in Jason Bateman’s Body

Bad Trade: Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman have signed up to star in the David Dobkin—directed The Change-Up, about a family man (Bateman) who swaps bodies with his friend, a lazy idiot (Reynolds). We imagine the rest of the movie will follow Reynold’s character begging Bateman’s Reynolds-resembling one to switch back, because who wouldn’t trade their family for Reynolds’ abs? [Variety]

Avatar Again: Fox and James Cameron are discussing the possibility of re-releasing Avatar in 3-D theaters late this summer, with 10 additional minutes of additional footage cut from the movie’s original theatrical version. And if, after that, there is still some money left in the world that they do not have, they will maybe release it on DVD. [HR]

Bad For America: Hugo Weaving is in final talks to play Red Skull, the villain in Marvel’s Captain America, the superhero’s nemesis and Hitler’s right-hand man. We hope somebody releases one of those Downfall mashups about how Hitler wanted someone else to play his right-hand man. [Heat Vision/HR]

Two For One: Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess are in talks to star in An Education director Lone Scherfig’s One Day, based on the David Nicholls novel, about a couple who meet for the first time while graduating in 1988, and then once a year for the next 20 years until they finally realize they’re meant for each other. But by then it will be too late because both will lose their 401(k)s in the stock market crash of 2008 and die in the Mayan apocalypse of 2012. Live in the moment, people. [HR]

Be a Pepper: Barry Pepper has joined the cast of the Coen brothers’ True Grit remake as Ned Pepper, the role played by Robert Duvall in the 1969 original. We love Barry and the Coens, but this casting could only have been any lazier if they’d hired an actual pepper to play Ned. [Variety]

Ryan Reynolds to Slum It in Jason Bateman’s Body