ROLE CALL: Rene Russo in ‘Trouble’

Ain’t nuclear weapons funny? Rene Russo and Tim Allen hope so. Russo and Allen have signed to star in “Big Trouble,” a comedy from director Barry Sonnenfeld based on a book by newspaper columnist Dave Barry. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s a story about a nuclear bomb hidden in a suitcase that’s rigged to blow up at a Miami airport.

One thing’s for certain: It’s gotta be funnier than Sonnenfeld’s last one, “Wild Wild West.” But, will it have a giant robot spider?

OLDMAN AND YOUNG WOMAN: Gary Oldman and Mena Suvari are in “final negotiations” to star in a new thriller by Peter Hyams called “D’Artagnan,” according to today’s Variety. Hyams‘ last film was the millennial action-prophecy flick “End Of Days” with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

HIDE YOUR WATCHES: Variety also notes that Christopher Walken will join Hilary Swank in the cast of “The Affair of the Necklace,” a period drama by director Charles Shyer, which will be shot in Paris and Prague beginning next month.

STAR-STUDDED: Lovebirds Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie may be joined by Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz in a “modestly budgeted” comedy that’s now in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The as-yet-untitled movie is being written by Thornton collaborator Tom Epperson for USA Films.