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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

New movie projects: Spielberg, Nolan . . . and Mr. Rogers?

So, it’s a VERY shiny morning in Seattle today, and for some reason all this unaccustomed brightness is causing my eyes to cross: I just read the headline “John Wells Deal to Direct Bradley Cooper in ‘Chef’” and thought it said “John Wells Deal to Direct Bradley Cooper in ‘Cher’” and got really excited for a moment there. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Bradley Cooper play Cher? I’d buy a ticket for that. Ah well. In real news:

– Steven Spielberg’s next project will be the autobiographical drama “American Sniper,” about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The ubiquitous Bradley Cooper will play the title role, and I’m sure he’ll be just fine and all, but it’s not exactly Cher now, is it? Jason Hall (“Paranoia”) wrote the script, based on Kyle’s book.

– Christopher Nolan, having finally shaken off the “Batman” franchise,” will next direct “Interstellar,” a science-fiction/time-travel adventure. Nolan is, as is his habit, not talking about the specifics of the plot; but it’s known that this project was at one point Spielberg’s, who commissioned Christopher Nolan’s brother Jonah (Jonathan) to write the script. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway will star, and Jessica Chastain is in talks to join the cast.

– A Mr. Rogers biopic is in the works, tentatively titled “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” Aww! Now, who do we think could play Mr. Rogers?

Enjoy the sunny weekend, all!

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