ROLE CALL: Matt Damon, Spy Guy?

Is Matt Damon ready to go undercover? (Or to take Brad Pitt‘s leftovers?) Today’s Daily Variety says “The Talented Mr. Ripley” star has been offered the lead in the spy thriller, “The Bourne Identity,” based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name. Pitt passed on the project on Wednesday.

WHAT A GREAT IDEA! Martin Lawrence, late of “Big Momma’s House,” is eyeing “Black Knight,” a comedy about a lowly food-service worker who time travels back to the Middle Ages. We do not think Variety is making this up.

MONKEY SHINES: “High Fidelity” standout Jack Black is the latest actor to join Mike Myers‘ epic “Sprockets” comedy, about a man ( Myers) and his quest for his missing monkey.

ON THE NOSE? “Cutthroat Island” great Renny Harlin is in talks to helm the Jackie Chan actioner, “Nosebleed,” the Hollywood Reporter says. Shooting is planned for next year.

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