Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart reunite for ‘American Ultra’

Adventureland co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart have signed on to play a couple in the action comedy American Ultra. Eisenberg’s stoner character Mike becomes the unwitting target of a government operation, disrupting his small-town life with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart). Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh is set to direct from a script by Max Landis.

Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart
Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart will also take on a small role in Tim Blake Nelson’s Anesthesia, an indie about a group of New Yorkers affected by a common philosophy professor.

Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny) will star alongside George Lopez (Lopez Tonight) in Pantelion Films’ La Vida Robot. Based on a Wired magazine story by Joshua Davis, the film will follow a group of undocumented Mexican-American teenagers who take on MIT in a national robotics competition. Tomei will play the part of the teacher who guides the students for Soul Surfer director Sean McNamara.

Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) and Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) are co-starring in writer-director Michel Hazanavicius‘ The Search, a drama based on Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 Oscar-winner about an NGO worker who befriends a young boy in Chechnya. Hazanavicius wrote and directed Best Picture-winner The Artist and is married to Bejo.

Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) is teaming up with John Cusack again (the pair starred together in 1408) for Cell, which Stephen King co-wrote with Adam Alleca. Tom (Jackson), a former soldier, and Clay (Cusack) must escape Boston when “a mysterious cell phone-transmitted pulse spreads like a virus through the human population.”

Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen) is in talks to star as Kane in the video adaptation Kane & Lynch for director F. Gary Gray. Vin Diesel has an offer to play Lynch, a schizophrenic killer. In 2007, Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx were attached to star in the adaptation.

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