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ROLE CALL: Myers No, Stiller Maybe

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:51am EST

Looks like there won't be any more confessions from Mike Myers.

The "Austin Powers" actor has dropped "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" from the slate of projects he's going to do in order to concentrate on the "Pink Panther" remake and other smaller films, Daily Variety says.

Currently, "Meet the Parents" guy Ben Stiller's name has been thrown around as a possible replacement.

But as the report suggests, Stiller's schedule, jammed pack by his involvement with "Zoolander," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and the "Meet the Parents" sequel among other stuff, might keep him from doing "Confessions."

Since its inception, the comedy , based on the comic memoir of "Gong Show" host Chuck Barris, has attracted the interest from a lot of big-time talents such as George Clooney, Sean Penn and "Fight Club" helmer David Fincher that had all somehow fallen through.

The strange tradition continues with "X-Men" director Bryan Singer, who is attached to do the project but might skip on it pending the progress of his "X-Men" sequel. GRAND 'LARCENY' Bond guy Pierce Brosnan might star in the the comedy "Larceny for Lovers," The Hollywood Reporter says.

The story is about a con artist (Brosnan) who goes to Europe and unwittingly falls in love with a woman who also happens to be a con artist.

TWIN DRAGON: That's what happens when you're in a critically acclaimed film. Director Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" actress Zhang Ziyi has thus far only been seen by a handful of audiences, but the ingenue is already in talks to join Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in "Rush Hour 2," the sequel to the 1997 megahit, the Reporter says.

And the script has apparently worked it out so that the Chinese actress wouldn't have to worry about the language problem since, if cast, she would play a Chinese-only speaking villain. LADY IN 'BLACK': The Reporter says that Oscar-winning actress Susan Sarandon will star in the drama "Baby's in Black."

Written by "City of Angels" scribe Brad Silberling, the story is about a man mourning the death of his fiancee who was killed when she was waiting tables at a restaurant. Sarandon will play the bereft's mother.

The project is also in talks to have Dustin Hoffman cast as the Sarandon character's husband.

BUSY BEE: And finally, Jennifer Esposito, who you will be able to see in the vampire update "Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000," will play a female cop in the Michael Douglas thriller "Don't Say a Word" and a flirtatious maid in the indie flick "Welcome to Collinwood," Variety says.

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