Meg Ryan’s New Aussie Mate

Maybe Meg Ryan really prefers men from down under. Daily Variety reports that the actress is set to star opposite “X-Men” breakthrough Hugh Jackman in the romantic comedy “Kate & Leopold.”

Directed by James Mangold (“Girl, Interrupted“), the story follows a late-19th century duke (Jackman) who falls in love with a modern-day woman and must travel through time to be with her.

Ryan, who separated from Dennis Quaid earlier this year, is currently romantically linked to Aussie stud Russell Crowe, whom she met on the set of the upcoming “Proof of Life.”

HUNTING TOMMY LEE JONES: Is Tommy Lee Jones in danger of being typecast? After “The Fugitive” and “Double Jeopardy,” the character actor might once again play a police tracker in the thriller “The Hunted,” Daily Variety says. The film, directed by William Friedkin (“Rules of Engagement“), focuses on a murderer who gets his kicks from being the subject of a manhunt, which would be headed by Jones‘ character.

A FIENNES BORDER: The Hollywood Reporter tells us that Ralph Fiennes might fill the starring role left vacant by Kevin Costner in the drama “Beyond Borders.” Directed by Oliver Stone and co-starring Angelina Jolie, the story follows a love affair against the backdrop of humanitarian efforts worldwide. And no, we’re sure what that means neither.

AUSTIN POWERS SEES PINK: Mike Myers might finally see a $20 million payday with his possible involvement in “The Pink Panther” remake, Variety said yesterday. The Austin Power- meister has been offered the part of the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, a role once made famous by Peter Sellers, in the upcoming Ivan Reitman (“Six Days, Seven Nights”) project.