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Rumor Has It: Harrison Ford in ‘Ender’s Game,’ A ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Movie Musical and More

Welcome to Rumor Has It, Player Affinity’s new weekly roundup of highly buzzed-about movie rumors circulating throughout Tinseltown. On this week’s docket, we have rumors about Ender’s Game, Inherent Vice, and Sunset Boulevard.

 Will Harrison Ford be in Ender’s Game?

Ender’s Game already has True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld and Hugo stars Sir Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield lined up for roles, but another big name might be in the picture.

Summit Entertainment is reportedly seeking Harrison Ford to star in the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s beloved sci-fi novel. If he signs on for the project, it’s been said he would play Colonel Hyrum Gruff. 

Is Robert Downey Jr. starring in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice?

Ever since returning to prominence with 2008’s Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. mostly stayed away from art-house flicks. However, it looks like we might see the chameleonic actor return to his roots with the iconic director Paul Thomas Anderson in Inherent Vice

RDJ recently sat down with MTV to chat about his upcoming sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and said this about the rumor:

“Anything to do with Paul Thomas Anderson and I doing a movie together is probably true. We tend to talk about a variety of potential projects, and Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Inherent Vice’ could be great, we’ll see.”

If the movie does happen, Downey will play a Los Angeles detective investigating a kidnapping that involves his ex-girlfriend and her billionaire beau.

“I am big! It’s the pictures that got small!”

Billy Wilder’s drama Sunset Boulevard achieved iconic status, mainly for the legendary Gloria Swanson’s return to the spotlight as disgraced silent film star Norma Desmond. In the ‘90s, Andrew Lloyd Webber took the film to Broadway as a musical with Glenn Close as Desmond. Rumors of a film based on the musical treatment have swirled for over a decade, but now it seems that Webber himself has spoken about it.

Nothing’s confirmed yet, but Playbill relays what Webber said about what he thinks would be the ideal production of his musical:

“We’d rehearse and use a sound stage or a theatre and film it as a performance on stage.”

Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, and Close herself have all been mentioned for filling the role of Desmond in the film.

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