Jake Gyllenhaal is considering a role as Mysterio in the next...

Jake Gyllenhaal is considering a role as Mysterio in the next "Spider-Man" movie. Credit: Getty Images/Kelly Sullivan

WHO Jake Gyllenhaal

THE DEAL The actor may play the villain in the next "Spider-Man" movie, Variety reports. Gyllenhaal is best known for brooding, intense roles in such dramas as “Brokeback Mountain,” “Zodiac” and “Nightcrawler,” but is said to be eyeing the role of Spidey nemesis Mysterio alongside Michael Keaton as Vulture, the flying villain introduced in the previous “Spider-Man” entry. The role would mark Gyllenhaal’s first foray into comic-book movies. Casting for the Sony-Marvel co-production is still in progress.

WHO Reese Witherspoon

THE DEAL A lawsuit against the actress, who served as a producer on the 2014 mystery-thriller "Gone Girl," has been dismissed, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leslie Weller, a screenwriter, had sued Witherspoon, director David Fincher and author Gillian Flynn (who wrote the screenplay from her bestselling novel), claiming the works stole from Weller’s unproduced screenplay “Out of the Blue.” An Illinois federal judge thought otherwise, calling any similarities between the two works “standard to any story depicting a deteriorating marriage,” and granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss the case.

WHO Dwayne Johnson

THE DEAL The star of “Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle” and Dany Garcia, his business partner and ex-wife, have joined the advisory board of Atom Tickets, a movie ticketing app, the company announced earlier this week. Johnson and Garcia, who divorced in 2008 but continue to work together managing his career, will also serve as investors in the company. Atom Tickets bills itself as a “social movie ticketing app” that allows users to browse films, invite friends and order concessions in advance. Its advisory board members include Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Tyler Perry.

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