‘Episode II’ Guy Gets A ‘Life’

Now that Hayden Christensen has landed the coveted role of Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: Episode II,” what’s he going to do next? Answer: Get a ‘life,’ so to speak.

Daily Variety says that the young tyke is in final talks to star as an alienated teen in the dark comedy “Life as a House.”

Christensen will join Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas in a story that follows a terminally ill father (Kline) as he takes custody of his troubled son (Christensen) from his ex-wife (Scott Thomas).

FRANKIE ON TOP: The Hollywood Reporter says that Frankie Muniz, TV’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” might star in the comedy “Lost and Found.” The comedy is about a young boy (Muniz) whose school essay gets turned into a huge Hollywood film.

‘SERVICING’ ELIZABETH HURLEY: Regardless of the actor unions’ jabs, Elizabeth Hurley‘s screen career is no way near over. The Reporter says that the “Bedazzled” star will play the title role in the comedy “Servicing Sarah.” The film, co-starring Matthew Perry, follows a New York wife (Hurley) who hires a guy (Perry) to serve her husband in Texas with divorce papers.

THE ‘ROYAL’ BUNCH: Director Wes (“Rushmore“) Anderson’s new project is shaping up to be a star-studded affair. Variety says that Gene Hackman has just signed on to star in Anderson’s next project “The Royal Tenenbaums.” The Oscar-winning actor will join a cast that includes Ben Stiller, Gwyneth Paltrow, brothers Owen and Luke Wilson and Bill Murray. The film is about a dysfunctional family of geniuses.