Famke Janssen has joined Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Dougray Scott, Anna Paquin and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in the cast of “X-Men,” director Bryan Singer’s screen version of the Marvel Comics series about a team of genetic mutants with superhero powers.
Janssen will play a superhero gifted with psychic powers of telepathy and telekinesis.
Pic, written by Ed Solomon and Chris McQuarrie, will be produced by Lauren Schuler-Donner. Lensing is skedded to begin next month.
Janssen’s credits include “Celebrity,” “Rounders” and “The Faculty.” The actress is repped by CAA.
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Loren Dean has been cast in WB’s “Space Cowboys,” from director-producer Clint Eastwood. Dean will play a young NASA astronaut enlisted to recruit a group of former Air Force pilots needed to fly a crucial mission. Those who turn up include Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner. Lensing is under way in Houston.
Dean will next star in Touchstone’s “Mumford” from writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, in which his character dupes a small town by posing as a psychologist and wins the heart of one of his patients.
Dean’s screen credits include “Enemy of the State,” “Gattaca” and “Billy Bathgate.” He is repped by CAA, Myrna Jacoby/MJ Management and attorney Steve Warren.
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Anthony Starke and William Keane have landed roles on NBC’s new one-hour dramedy “Cold Feet.”
Starke will play a self-involved yuppie husband and new father, Keane a good-natured, happily married “man’s man.”
Starke’s feature credits include roles in MGM’s “License to Kill” and Garry Marshall’s “Nothing in Common.” He is repped by Tony Chargin and Doug Segers of Metropolitan Talent Agency.
Keane’s TV credits include recurring roles on “Chicago Hope” and guest appearances on “Seinfeld” and “NYPD Blue.” He is repped by Lexie Weiss at MTA.
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Jennifer Sky is set to star in Studios USA’s new series “Cleopatra 2525.”
Moving into the timeslot of that other period skein, “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” “Cleopatra” finds a young actress from the present-day awakening from a cryogenic deep freeze after 500 years, only to discover that humans have been driven underground. She and her new companions (Gina Torres and Victoria Pratt) must reclaim the surface. Syndie series will shoot on location in New Zealand and begin airing in January. Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi and R.J. Stewart exec produce.
Sky, best known for her role on ABC sudser “General Hospital,” has made guest appearances on “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” She is repped by Pamela Wagner of APA and manager Arlene Forster of Forster Entertainment.