HOLLYWOOD — Columbia’s “All the King’s Men” is adding more royalty.
Anthony Hopkins, Patricia Clarkson and James Gandolfini are all in final negotiations to star in the remake of Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Clarkson is replacing Meryl Streep, who was originally cast as Sadie Burke, aide to Willy Stark (Sean Penn), the Huey Long-like figure whose rise and fall the film chronicles.
Hopkins will play Judge Irwin, whose past Jack Burden (Jude Law) sets out to unearth.
Gandolfini has been cast as Tiny Duffy, a fawning member of Stark’s entourage.
Steven Zaillian wrote the pic’s script and is directing.
Phoenix Pictures chairman Mike Medavoy and prexy Arnold Messer are producing with Zaillian and former Col exec Ken Lemberger.
James Carville and Todd Phillips are exec producing. David Thwaites oversees the project for Phoenix.
Hopkins stars in Warner Bros.’ upcoming epic “Alexander,” directed by Oliver Stone, and in Miramax’s “Proof,” based on the play by David Auburn.
Clarkson next stars in MGM’s horror pic “The Woods” for director Lucky McKee. She recently wrapped “The Dying Gaul,” based on the play and directed by Craig Lucas.
“Sopranos” topliner Gandolfini will next be seen in MGM’s “Get Shorty” sequel “Be Cool” and in John Turturro’s “Romance and Cigarettes” at United Artists.