ROLE CALL: ‘Lambs’ Sequel Non-Shocker!

From the files of World’s Worst-Kept Secrets, we bring you this: Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore are going to star in “The Silence of the Lambs” sequel. Julianne Moore Universal Pictures made it official Monday. But the press release just firmed up what everyone’s been saying for months: Hopkins and Moore are going to star in “The Silence of the Lambs” sequel.

Shooting for the film to be known as “Hannibal” starts in May in Italy. We’d tell you Jodie Foster wasn’t going to be there, but you probably knew that already, too.

BACK TO OZ: Outgoing “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” co-star Seth Green is in talks to star in “Scorned,” a campus-based comedy based on a story by the 25-year-old actor, today’s Daily Variety says.

GOING BANANAS: Richard Zanuck, who used to run Fox, has been tapped to produce Fox’s remake of “Planet of the Apes“. Production is set to begin in the fall with Tim Burton (“Batman“) directing. A summer 2001 release is planned. Zanuck’s latest production will be this Sunday’s Oscars, which he’s producing with wife Lili Fini Zanuck.

OFF THE UNEMPLOYMENT DOLE: It’s been nearly 50 years since it last graced the big screen, but Robbie the Robot finally has a new gig. The metallic star of 1956 sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet” looks to make its comeback in (what else?) a remake of 1956 sci-fi classic “Forbidden Planet.” New Line Cinema, which did the “Lost in Space” redo in 1998, is producing, today’s Hollywood Reporter says.

TOUGH ASSIGNMENT: Tom Skerritt (“Picket Fences”) will try to fill the cowboy boots of screen legend Gary Cooper in a TBS made-for-cable remake of the said screen legend’s 1952 signature work, “High Noon,” the network announced today. The flick is set for an August premiere.