Ben Affleck is going to be the third actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan in a movie, replacing Harrison Ford in Paramount's production of Tom Clancy's bestseller "The Sum of All Fears," Daily Variety reports. The role of Ryan was originally played by Alec Baldwin ("The Hunt for Red October"). Ford opted out of the latest sequel after taking on the Ryan role in "Patriot Games."
SORVINO IN 'LOVE': Mira Sorvino is in final negotiations to star in "The Triumph of Love," an indie pic to be produced by director Bernardo Bertolucci. Sorvino will portray a princess who takes on feminine and masculine identities, discovering she has a power for seduction.
SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT UNSEEN: Joan Collins won't be disrobing as Mrs. Robinson in the London production of "The Graduate," according to Liz Smith in her daily column. (Kathleen Turner let it all hang out for the role, as will Jerry Hall, Turner's replacement.) Collins, 67, who was offered the role when Hall leaves, thinks it is "unseemly" to undress on the stage.
FILM HAS A NAME! Director/writer Cameron Crowe, whose last film was 1996’s "Jerry Maguire," has settled on a name for his latest effort: "Almost Famous." According to USA Today, the DreamWorks flick slated for a Sept. 15 release is an autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in the '70s based on Crowe's experiences as a teenage music reporter for Rolling Stone.