ROLE CALL: From Vampire to the Empire?

The Anakin Skywalker sweepstakes continues. According to Cinescape Online, Nicholas Brendon (Xander of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” fame) has pretty much confirmed that (as the rumor mill has suspected) he’s on the short list of candidates for the coveted role of the young Darth Vader in George Lucas’ soon-to-be-produced new “Star Wars” flicks (“Episode II” and “Episode III”).

Brendon doesn’t, however, think he’s got a lock on the role.

BEING NAPOLEON BONAPARTE: The Hollywood Reporter informs us today that John Malkovich and Gerard Depardieu have joined the cast of “Napoleon,” a big-budget TV mini-series in the works for French public television.

WHO’S ON FIRST? Director Brad Silberling may have a hard time choosing among the actors interested in his proposed biopic of Keith Moon, the late drummer of The Who. According to today’s Variety, when Nicolas Cage heard about the movie, he was quoted as saying, “I am Pete Townshend!” The yet-untitled Moon film will have to wait until Silberling finishes the dark comedy “Baby’s in Black.”