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ROLE CALL: Colin Farrell Moving On Up

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

The report is in: Colin Farrell's star is rising.

If his filming schedule allows, the hotcake will be heading for the slot left opened by Matt Damon in Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report," Daily Variety says.

Since his breakout performance in this year's "Tigerland," Farrell has been courted by a number of projects. He will next play opposite Bruce Willis in MGM's "Hart's War." After that, he'll begin work on the thriller "Phone Booth."

Starring megastar Tom Cruise, "Minority Report" is based on a book of short stories by the ultra-cool sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick.

DOING THE 'SCOOBY': We see them more as the Wonder Twins, but whatever. "It" couple Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar is in talks to star as swanky detectives Fred and Daphne in the live-action adaptation of "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?", the Hollywood Reporter says. The two first collaborated on "I Know What You Did Last Summer" in 1997 and became an item early this year.

I'LL BE BACK: No doubt a firm proponent of the tenet that what worked once will likely work again, Warner Bros. is set to redo "Conan the Barbarian" with the flick's original writer and director, John Milius. "The Matrix" creators, brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski, will co-create the concept with Milius and might even direct the film's second unit, Daily Variety said. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred as the titled warrior in the original 1982 film, might return for a small part, but his involvement has yet to be hammered out.

TRIPPING OUT: Daily Variety columinist Michael Fleming reports that writer-director Todd Phillips -- whose debut feature was the super-lucrative dude film "Road Trip" -- will be paid $3 million to co-write, produce and direct "Old School." The DreamWorks comedy is said to be about three older guys trying to relive their college days.

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