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ROLE CALL: 'X-Men 2' Marks Bryan Singer

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

Even seasoned superheroes need a leader.

And it looks as if Bryan Singer is once again the man for the job. The director, whose last flick "X-Men" made a killing over the summer, might return to the helm for the second installment of the mutant-superheroes franchise, The Hollywood Reporter says.

The film's ensemble cast, which includes Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, James Marsden, Famke Janssen and Anna Paquin, have all signed on to do the sequel, which, as of now, still has yet to be scripted.

According to the report, Singer's commitment will likely depend on whether he can squeeze the project into his busy schedule. The helmer has already been tapped to do "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" with Mike Myers as his next project.

MOUSEHUNT: Is Stuart Little honing in on the territory of the other famous talking mouse? Daily Variety says that Rob Minkoff, who helmed the surprisingly lucrative "Stuart Little" last year, will get paid in the mid seven figures to direct the film's sequel, imaginatively titled "Stuart Little II."

A WILDE AFFAIR: You're in luck if witty repartee is your thing. Variety reports that Brits Rupert Everett and Judi Dench have agreed to star in the film adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic "The Importance of Being Earnest." Everett will play Algernon, one of the two male leads, and Dench will play the supporting character Lady Bracknell.

HARRY THE HIT MAN: Harry Connick Jr. is getting ready to sing a different tune. The musician and sometimes actor is in talks to star opposite Sarah Jessica Parker in the dark comedy "Life Without Dick." Connick will play a hit man who's hired by a woman (Parker) to kill her boyfriend (Johnny Knoxville). The casting news comes a day after MTV's "Jackass," Knoxville, hopped on board the project.

'LONE STAR' RISING: "Dawson's Creek" dude Joshua Jackson will star in the comedy "Lone Star State of Mind," the Reporter says. While we don't know much about the plotline, we do know that Jackson is going to travel between Texas and North Carolina to accommodate filming for both the film and his WB series.

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