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ROLE CALL: Julianne Moore Evolves

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

"Evolution" is starting to evolve. Julianne Moore and Orlando Jones are in the final stages of negotiations to appear in the Ivan Reitman comedy with David Duchovny, Daily Variety reports. Seann William Scott ("Road Trip") also has signed up to appear in the film about a group of misfits who encounter an alien organism that lands in the New Mexico desert.

GERE UP: Richard Gere and "Arlington Road" director Mark Pellington have committed to "The Mothman Prophecies," a film revolving around the real-life paranormal activities that took place in West Virginia in the late 1960s.

BRUCKHEIMER'S 'BLACK SHEEP': Walt Disney Co. has given a thumbs-up to the Jason Richman-written action comedy "Black Sheep," Variety also reports. Jerry Bruckheimer ("Coyote Ugly") will produce, with possible directing by Jon Turteltaub ("Phenomenon").

The story is about a street-smart character who's called by the Central Intelligence Agency to take over an important assignment for his twin brother who recently died.

PHOENIX IN FATIGUES: Joaquin Phoenix has inked a deal to star as a soldier with street smarts in "Buffalo Soldier," The Hollywood Reporter says. Gregor Jordan will direct the film based on Robert O'Connor's cult novel of the same name. The dark comedy has a budget of $15 million and is set to begin shooting Nov. 3.

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