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Spike Jonze goes Wilde with casting for new film – Olivia, that is

Jason Cangialosi

May 31st, 2012

With three acclaimed features in just over a decade, a new Spike Jonze film is something to anticipate, as the director will pour his endearingly weird heart into it. SlashFilm and Deadline report that Jonze recently cast Olivia Wilde to join an already stellar ensemble: Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, and Samantha Morton.

Wilde tweeted her announcement earlier.

Jonze penned the script to the untitled feature himself, which is a first amongst his collaborations with Charlie Kaufman (ADAPTATION and BEING JOHN MALKOVICH) and Dave Eggers (WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE). There is also another Charlie Kaufman-Spike Jonze collaboration brewing that may also star Joaquin Phoenix, as Joshua Brunsting reported here on GATW.

The film will be a tech-romance about a man who falls in love with his smartphone's Siri-esque voice. It is familiar territory for Jonze, whose short sci-fi romance about robotic love, I'M HERE, premiered at Sundance in 2010.

Jonze's feature is being produced by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, who is also financing the Kaufman - Jonze collaboration. Ellison produced The Coens' TRUE GRIT and P.T. Anderson's THE MASTER, as well as upcoming films, Kathryn Bigelow's ZERO DARK THIRTY and Wong Kar-wai's THE GRANDMASTERS.

Sources: Deadline Indiewire SlashFilm

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