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Casting News -- March 30, 2009

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Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in The Lincoln Lawyer, a legal thriller that centers on low-level criminal defense attorney Mickey Haller, who finds himself representing a wealthy client with ties to a previous murder case Haller handled. The film will be based on the 2005 bestseller by Michael Connolly.

Emma Stone (Superbad, The House Bunny) will star in Easy A, a modern high school version of The Scarlet Letter. Stone plays a student whose life begins to parallel the heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, after she pretends to be the school slut (in hopes she’ll benefit from her new reputation).

Mary Steenburgen has landed two high-profiles roles, one for TV and one for film. First, Steenburgen will star opposite Jason Biggs and Richard Dreyfuss in the CBS comedy pilot Happiness Isn't Everything, about adult siblings and their parents who are over-involved in each other's lives; Steenburgen plays the "pully" mom opposite Dreyfuss' "pushy" dad. The actress then appears in Did You Hear About the Morgans?, starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker as an estranged NYC couple placed in a witness-protection program in a small Wyoming town. Steenburgen will play the wife of Sam Elliott, who plays a local undercover marshal who shelters the couple.

Kathleen Turner will join Showtime's Californication for a recurring role during the show's upcoming third season. Turner will play the "ball-breaking, foul-mouthed, outrageous boss of Evan Handler's literary agent."

Whoopi Goldberg is joing the A&E series The Cleaner for a multi-episode arc as Banks' (Benjamin Bratt) former sponsor. Goldberg's character will debut in the show's season two premiere this summer. Gary Cole also appears in the episode, as a national news anchor who falls off the wagon after two decades of sobriety.

-- Daniel Lehman

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