Actress Laura Dern meets the 'Little Fockers': movie news recap

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In the movie news recap for Monday, October 19: Laura Dern teaches Little Fockers in upcoming Ben Stiller comedy sequel; Michelle Yeoh headlines Asian romantic kung-fu thriller Jianyu Jianghu; and Spyglass Entertainment sets sights on Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck to direct US remake of French thriller Anthony Zimmer entitled The Tourist (starring Angelina Jolie).

Actress Laura Dern meets the Little Fockers
American actress Laura Dern will portray an elementary school headmistress in the  Meet the Fockers sequel Little Fockers, according to entertainment trade publication The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by American filmmaker Paul Weitz, Little Fockers reunites most of the principals of 2004's original Meet the Fockers family comedy, including American actors Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson and Blythe Danner. American actress Jessica Alba is another recent addition to the cast. Little Fockers is scheduled for a July 30, 2010 release.

Michelle Yeoh commits to upcoming Su Chaopin thriller, Jianyu Jianghu
Malaysian Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh has signed to star in the tentatively titled romantic kung-fu thriller Jianyu Jianghu ( Rain of Swords in the Martial Arts World), according to entertainment trade magazine The Hollywood Reporter. The Hong Kong-Taiwan film production begins shooting on October 30 in Shanghai under Taiwanese writer-director Su Chao-Pin. Yeoh, former star of the Oscar winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, will portray an assassin romantically involved with the son of a man whose grandfather was murdered by her gang. Jianyu Jianghu also features Korean actor Jung Woo-Sung, Chinese actor Wang Xueqi, and Taiwanese actress Barbie Hsu.

Studio desires Donnersmarck for Angelia Jolie vehicle The Tourist
Spyglass Entertainment made Oscar-winning German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck the studio's front-runner to direct The Tourist, starring Oscar-winning American actress Angelina Jolie, according to entertainment trade publication Variety. Though von Donnersmarck has yet to officially enter into talks, production on this American remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony Zimmer would begin in February 2010 should he agree to direct. Jolie plays an Interpol agent who has a dalliance with a clueless American tourist in order to snare a criminal who was once Jolie's lover. Australian actor Sam Worthington portrays the tourist.