Quick News – February 3, 2011

Thriller genre staple and out-and-out hottie Amber Heard (“Drive Angry 3D”, “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane”) is in talks to star in NBC’s “Playboy“. The actress would play a a new hire at the ’60s Playboy club, originally an orphan from Fort Wayne, an inquisitive young woman with an untethered sexuality and a dark past. [Deadline]

Matthew Greenberg (“1408″) is about to turn in his remake script of the Stephen King classic “Pet Sematary“. This one’s been in the works for a number of years now. [The LA. Times]

A 10-second sneak preview of “Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides“, set to air on the Superbowl, can be previewed online.

Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) kinda/sorta/didn’t-really talk about his upcoming “Godzilla” this week. “I guess I will say I’m highly aware – and everyone involved is incredibly aware – of everyone’s opinions on what this film has to do and what it has to be. And no one will do anything but the right thing. Without addressing anything specific, everyone knows how important is to get it right.” [STYD]

Midnight in Paris”, the new film by Woody Allen will open the Festival de Cannes on May 11th in the Lumière theatre, in the presence of the Jury presided by Robert De Niro. The romcom, which was shot last year in the French capital, brings together a broad international cast, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux.

There’s new images online from “Captain America : The First Avenger“. You’ll be able to get your first glimpse of ‘Bucky’ in there.

“MacGruber” co-star Jasper Cole has been cast to play the lead role of “Joey Snake Eyes” in the upcoming major motion picture ”Rock-A-Bye Road“, an action romance that will be released later this year. [Bridge Tunnel]

VFX maestro Paul Franklin says you can expect a minimal amount of effects-sprucing on “The Dark Knight Rises“. “No, no, not at all,” Franklin said. “We always start something like this trying to keep it as real as possible. We would only ever resort to digital doubles for some stunt moments or things like that. We try to keep them real. That’s the way Chris likes to make a film.” [Screen Junkies]

David O’Russell has a couple of other actresses in mind for the role of Elena in “Uncharted : Drake’s Fortune“. ”I love Amy [Adams]. I also love Scarlett Johansson; there’s a lot of great actors I think might suit. Hopefully, we’ll see how it works out with everybody who are being scoped to do that role…” [Empire]