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Shia LaBeouf and Jesse Eisenberg may be taking on the roles of stoners-turned-arms-dealers in Arms and the Dudes, THR has confirmed.

Warner Bros. and producer-director Todd Phillips want the duo to star in the comedy, but there's still a ways to go with talks.

Phillips, who is producing under his Green Hat Films banner, is co-writing the the script with Jason Smilovic. The story, based on Guy Lawson's Rolling Stone article, follows two stoners from Miami Beach who ended up becoming arms dealers for the U.S. government.

The project was one of the first tied to The Hangover director's new company, which he formed with actor Bradley Cooper in May. Green Hat has a three-year production deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

Mark Gordon is also producing while Bryan Zuriff is executive producing. Jesse Ehrman and Jon Gonda are overseeing Arms and the Dudes for Warner Bros.

LaBeouf will next be seen in David Ayers' WWII tank drama Fury. He's repped by CAA, John Crosby Management and Matthew Saver Law Offices.

Eisenberg's upcoming work includes Warner Bros.' superhero tentpole Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and American Ultra. He's repped by CAA and Felker Toczek.


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Batman V. Superman: Jesse Eisenberg Says Lex Luthor Will Be A Complicated, Challenging Person

The new issue of Total Film has an interview with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Jesse Eisenberg, in which the star talks about his character, Superman’s arch nemesis, Lex Luthor.

According to Eisenberg, his Luthor will be a villain with plenty of psychological depth.

"There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then an actor makes it his or her own,” Eisenberg says. “I got to know one of the writers Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I've been asked to play an interesting role. A complicated, challenging person."

Ignoring his somewhat condescending remark about the source material, it sounds like Eisenberg is putting his all into his version of Lex Luthor.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters March 25, 2016.


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Despite recent headlines of musical acts canceling their scheduled visits to Israel, the incessant rocket attacks throughout Operation Protective Edge cannot keep Lex Luthor away.

Jesse Eisenberg, the Oscar-nominated for The Social Network who has been cast as DC Comics' iconic villain in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, made an appearance at Tel Aviv's Beit Lessin Theater Thursday night local time, where a Hebrew adaptation of his 2013 Off-Broadway play The Revisionist premiered. Eisenberg also starred in the original U.S. version alongside Vanessa Redgrave.

Speaking at a Q&A session held at the end of the play, Eisenberg told the audience and members of the press that he did not hesitate at all before boarding a plane to Israel earlier in the week - just shy of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's imposed security prohibition to fly to Israel, a ban that has since been lifted. Eisenberg's comments were met with applause.

"If there was any sign that I would be endangered somehow, I would have hesitated to come, but that wasn't the case," said Eisenberg. "Israel is a wonderful country, and it is an unfortunate time, of course, for people living here, but for me this has been a very good week."

Eisenberg further explained that while this might not have been the best time for his first-ever trip to the country, his visit these past few days included trips to such places as Jerusalem and the northern cities of Acre and Haifa. He said he was accompanied by an Israeli friend named Tal. He added that he hopes to visit the war-ridden southern area of Israel on his next visit.

According to daily newspaper Israel Hayom, Eisenberg's attendance in the theater was announced before the play started, along with safety instructions for what to do and where to go in case of a regional alarm alerting people about another rocket attack from Hamas-governed Gaza. The evening went off without any alerts.

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice starring Eisenberg, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, is set to hit theaters in May 2016, with Israeli actress Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman.

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NEW YORK — While the New Group has always been a magnet for top talent, the Off Broadway company has assembled a particularly impressive roster of names for its 20th anniversary season, including Holly Hunter, Bill Pullman, Cynthia Nixon, Dianne Wiest and Jesse Eisenberg.

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Set for the spring is The Spoils, written by and starring Eisenberg as a self-loathing bully who is living off his parents after being kicked out of grad school. When he discovers that his school crush is marrying a banker, he sets out to sabotage their relationship and win her back. Elliott will direct the world premiere, which begins previews in May 2015.

The Spoils marks Eisenberg's third play to be produced Off Broadway, following Asuncion and The Revisionist, in which he starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave.

Additional cast and official opening dates for all three New Group productions are to be announced.

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Kelly Reichardt's eco-terror thriller debuted in a theater apiece in NY and LA

With Angelina Jolie's “Maleficent” casting a spell on theatergoers, there was little magic left for indie films hoping to score some treasure at the box office.

Perhaps the biggest debut over the weekend was director Kelly Reichardt's drama about environmental extremists, “Night Moves,” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard. The film, which originally premiered at last fall's Toronto Film Festival, earned strong reviews during the fest and enough goodwill to gross $24,100 total for distributor Cinedigm in two theaters this weekend, one in LA and one in New York City.

The weekend's other star-powered debut, James McAvoy's “Filth,” earned just $7500 for Magnolia on two screens; it has, however, been available on VOD for several weeks already, meaning that most people who wanted to see the “X-Men” star drink his face off and have a mental breakdown probably have already done so.

Magnolia's other film, Swedish punk rock ode “We are the Best!,” made $21,000 on three screens.

Meanwhile, “Lucky Them,” starring Toni Colette, Thomas Haden Church and Oliver Platt, made $4500 on one screen; Michael C. Hall's Texas noir “Cold in July” took in $124,000 in its second weekend, bringing it to about $176,000 during the course of its run.

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The untitled Batman-Superman movie finally has a title.

Warner Bros. unveiled the title as Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice just as production got underway in Michigan.

Zack Snyder is directing the film, which stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman.

"Dawn of Justice" refers to how the movie sets up the Justice League movie, which Snyder and the studio are already developing. That movie could bow as soon as 2017.

Dawn of Justice also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are reprising their roles from Man of Steel. The movie is shooting at the Michigan Motion Picture Studios and on location in and around Detroit. It also will shoot in Illinois, Africa and the South Pacific.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Goyer, Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

Set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, Dawn of Justice is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.

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Fans were initially shocked to hear that Jesse Eisenberg would be playing iconic villain Lex Luthor in the forthcoming, still technically untitled “Batman Vs. Superman” movie.

But as they become more accustomed to the news, curiosity took the place of surprise. And Eisenberg, who can currently be seen in dramas “The Double” and “Night Moves,” seems to think that he won’t have to do too much to make the character leap off the screen.

“The character is, luckily, a really great character,” Eisenberg said told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz on his Happy Sad Confused podcast. “Actors can sometimes find really cool things in characters that aren’t written well. This character is written really well.”

A well-written Luthor has to make Superman fans excited, but is Eisenberg at all worried about all of the attention he’ll get, and the press he’ll have to do for a big blockbuster role, like Luthor?

“For a movie like ‘The Double or ‘Night Moves,’ arguably me doing interviews for it is much more important for it than doing an interview for Batman, because there’s not that much money for posters,” Eisenberg explained, “Whereas for Batman, if I was in a coma after it was filmed… So i don’t really see it as that different.”

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Jesse Eisenberg had no idea that the estate of David Foster Wallace objected to the production of his upcoming film about the late writer, “The End of the Tour,” but he's certain that it's a fair depiction of the “Infinite Jest” author, nonetheless.

Eisenberg, who is in the midst of promoting his new dark dramedy “The Double,” responded with total surprise when TheWrap asked about the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust's strong objection to the film, in which Eisenberg stars as David Lipsky, a journalist who accompanies Wallace (played by Jason Segel) during his promotional tour for “Infinite Jest.”

“It's based on these interviews that my character did with David Foster Wallace,” Eisenberg said. “The script is almost verbatim, it's based on these interviews and I have the tapes. So whether or not it's sanctioned, it's a fairly accurate depiction of what occurred. I have the tapes and the dialogue is from the tapes.”

The tapes became the basis for the 2010 best-seller “Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself.” Wallace's estate is none-too-pleased with the movie adaptation of those tapes, which it says they tried to stop.

“The trust was given no advance notice that this production was underway and, in fact, first heard of it when it was publicly announced,” a spokesman said last month. “For the avoidance of doubt, there is no circumstance under which the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust would have consented to the adaptation of this interview into a motion picture, and we do not consider it an homage.”

Still, Eisenberg was quite enthralled by the source material, marveling at the author's clarity and mind.

“He speaks in such an interesting way, because he speaks not only in full sentences, he speaks in full metaphors,” Eisenberg, himself a rapid speaker (and faster thinker) who hardly breathes between sentences, said of Wallace. “He's one of these brilliant people; you hear Bill Clinton speak, he'll take a little pause before he says something and then he'll come out with this beautiful, well-thought out sentence. Wallace was like that, he'd take a little pause before he says something and then he comes out with something that's so well-reasoned and so thought out. It's the opposite of how I speak, which is very quickly with very pauses and no metaphors.”

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