Anne Hathaway to ‘Tame’ Shakespeare Adaptation; George Clooney Set for Disney’s Top Secret ‘1952’

When he’s done chasing down Nazi art thieves in this year’s The Monuments MenGeorge Clooney will next tackle alien life. The star has officially signed on for Disney’s 1952, directed by Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) and written by Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof. Details are being kept close to the vest, but the plot is rumored to center on Clooney’s character having a Close Encounters-like experience. The 3D release hits theaters on December 19, 2014. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Meanwhile, Anne Hathaway, fresh from her Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, has settled on her follow-up to Les Miserables.

Hathaway will headline a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. The film, written by The Iron Lady scribe Abi Morgan, is set in mid-20th Century Italy. A director is expected to sign on soon. [TheWrap]

Disney has also set release dates for several of their tentpole features, so Sharpie them in on your calendars. Johnny Depp will return for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, scheduled for release on July 10, 2015. The Muppets 2, starring Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais, is set for March 21, 2014. Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent, which tells the story of Sleeping Beauty’s infamous villain, has moved from March 2014 to July 2, 2014. And finally, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due on April 4, 2014, while Guardians of the Galaxy is set for August 1, 2014. Both comic book films will be released in 3D. [The Hollywood Reporter]

On Monday, Vin Diesel gave his Facebook fans two big updates on the next Fast & The Furious movie. The star released a new image from Fast Six, as well as announcing that the film’s first trailer will air during the Super Bowl. That means we’ll be getting our first look of the film a scant three months before its May 24th release. [Facebook]

Just in time for its 20th anniversary, Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-winning Holocaust drama, Schindler’s List, is finally coming to Blu-ray. The film arrives in HD on March 5, 2013, with a newly-remastered transfer. The disc will include extra features such as the “Voices from the List” documentary and “The USC Shoah Foundation Story with Steven Spielberg” featurette. [The Digital Bits]

MGM has decided to spend some of their Skyfall and Hobbit money on a new remake of Ben-Hur. The new film, written by Keith Burke, will differ largely from the 1952 classic starring Charlton Heston, as its story tells Ben-Hur’s story parallel to the story of Jesus Christ. The film is currently out to directors. [Deadline]

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