McConaughey Plays With ‘Fire’

Call him Matthew McConaughey, dragon slayer. Daily Variety reports that the “U-571” hunk will star opposite Christian Bale (“American Psycho“) in “Reign of Fire.” Set in a post-apocalyptic England where fire-breathing dragons reign supreme, the story follows a dragon slayer (Matthew) and a “fire chief” (Bale) as they try to destroy the beasts.

The big-budget flick will go into production early next year in England.

SHE’S THE ONE: Keanu Reeves‘ Neo isn’t the only one getting all the play in the next two “Matrix” sequels. The Hollywood Reporter says that Jada Pinkett Smith might join the original cast of the two sequels for the Wachowski brothers sci-fi flick. If signed, Smith would play the character Niobi, a love interest to Lawrence Fishburne’s character.

LEAVING THE BUSINESS: The Reporter also says that James Gandolfini, who plays the top mob boss in HBO’s “The Sopranos,” is in talks to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in “Catch Me If You Can.” The DreamWorks projects follows the real-life story of how an FBI agent caught one of the youngest men ever to make its 10 Most Wanted List.

I SPY, YOU SPY: Director Philip Kaufman, who helmed the upcoming Marquis De Sade drama “Quills,” might lend his directorial talent to “Killer Spy,” the Reporter says. Based on investigative reporter Peter Maas’ 1995 book of the same name, the real-life story follows an CIA agent who committed espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union. No scribe has been attached to the project yet.

‘MOON’ BOUND: According to the Reporter, director Jonathan Lynn will helm “Guam Goes to the Moon.” The offbeat comedy tells the story of a former astronaut who gets a second chance at going to the moon.