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Industry Roundup: Ed Westwick to Hoover

Bass’s Big Break: Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick has landed a major supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar Hoover biopic. The British actor will play Agent Smith, “a clean-cut operative” who’s commissioned to write Hoover’s biography, “until Smith gets a little too close to the truth.” Westwick will co-star with Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer! It was only a matter of time before Clint Eastwood rocketed Gossip Girl’s beloved Chuck Bass to movie stardom. [Deadline]

At the Buzzer: Michelle Pfeiffer has signed on to co-star in Alex Kurtzman’s Welcome to People, alongside Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and Olivia Wilde. Pine plays a man who returns home after his estranged dad’s death and uncovers a family secret. Pfeiffer will play Pine’s mother. Shooting begins next week. [Deadline, HR]

Rejected: HBO has passed on Documental, a comedy pilot from Tropic Thunder team Justin Theroux, Steve Coogan, and Ben Stiller. The project stars Theroux as a documentary filmmaker who tracks down his idol, an equally inept filmmaker (Coogan), and documents his return to his craft. Stiller was among the pilot’s executive producers. Ouch. [Deadine]

New Blood: Paola Turbay has joined True Blood as recurring character Antonia, who speaks fluent Spanish. That’s all we know so far. Turbay is the former Miss Colombia and a Miss Universe runner-up! She previously appeared on CBS’s Cane and has been recurring on USA’s Royal Pains. Working her way up. [Deadline]

Double Header: Ron Livingston has booked parts in the ensemble indie film Ten Year and the Disney feature The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Nikki Finke is pumped about it: “[Livingston] should be on everybody’s favorite actor list (not to mention he’s a really smart and nice guy). He will always be remembered for playing the boyfriend who broke up with Sex And The City’s Carrie Bradshaw via Post-It.” Indeed. [Deadline]

Mean Queen: Charlize Theron is reportedly signing on to play the Evil Queen in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Officially. [Deadline]

Working Title: ABC is closing in on a deal to pick up a single-camera comedy pilot tentatively titled Don’t Trust the Bitch. The project, written by David Hemingson and Nahnatchka Khan (American Dad), centers on a young Midwestern girl who moves to New York and is forced to live with a rambunctious partier. It was originally developed for Fox, where it was in contention for the 2009-10 season. Jason Winer, who helmed the pilot for Modern Family, will direct. They should definitely keep the title. [HR]

The Greatest Movie Ever: Sony Pictures Classics is pursuing Morgan Spurlock’s latest nonfiction work, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which will have its world premiere at Sundance in two weeks. A meta-documentary about product placement, branding, and advertising in entertainment, Greatest Movie Ever Sold follows Spurlock as he tries to get companies and brands to sponsor his movie. He will not become obese for this film. [HR]

Score: David Fincher will reteam with Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor for the screen adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling crime novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Reznor will again work with Social Network partner Atticus Ross to score the film. [HR]

Accepted: Tina Fey is in discussions to star in Universal’s adaptation of Jean Hanff Korelitz’s novel Admission, to be directed by Paul Weitz. The movie focuses on an admissions officer at Princeton and her relationship with a prospective student “who may not be Ivy League material.” Fey has read the book and met with Weitz about taking on the role. [Wrap]

Industry Roundup: Ed Westwick to Hoover