Screen Talk: Russell Crowe lures Olga Kurylenko to Turkey

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Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko (pictured) has been cast opposite Russell Crowe in his upcoming directorial debut The Water Diviner. The Oscar-winner's film is billed as an epic adventure set after the end of WW1, with an Aussie father searching Turkey for his three sons, supposedly lost in the battle of Gallipoli.

Moynahan joins John Wick cast

Bridget Moynahan has joined John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves, to play the latter's wife. Wick, directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch from a screenplay by Derek Kolstad, is about a former hit man forced to return to action after thugs steal his car and kill his dog. Willem Dafoe, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki and also star.

Crowe gets ready for blast off

Jay Baruchel has joined the all-star cast of Cameron Crowe's untitled romantic comedy backed by Columbia. Baruchel joins Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin in the love story written and directed by Crowe about a defence contractor working on a weapons launch.

Chris Pine is a workplace ogre

Chris Pine will play one of the horrible bosses in Horrible Bosses 2. Sean Anders and John Morris, hot off writing We're the Millers, are directing. Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jamie Foxx are set to return for the workplace comedy. It was hoped that Christoph Waltz would play Pine's father, but he passed.

Legendary ready to reminisce

Speaking of spec scripts, Legendary Pictures, now at Universal after parting ways with Warner Bros., has bought sci-fi thriller Reminiscence. Writer Lisa Joy's past credits include Burn Notice and next she's writing Westworld with Jonathan Nolan for HBO, which she'll also executive produce with Nolan, and JJ Abrams.

MI6 spec script in bidding war

Section 6, by Aaron Berg, about the origin of MI6, has reminded Hollywood of the heady days of spec scripts. Warner Bros., Paramount, DreamWorks, Fox and Sony are all vying for the project. With no actor or director on board, the script – sent around under high security – has gloried in unanimous praise.