Casting Call: Mark Blucas visits Tom Cruise's 'Wichita,' Bond girl targets 'Drewe'

marcblucas_290.jpgPoor Marc Blucas. First he had to compete with Angel as "Buffy the Vampire Slayer's" college love. Now he's going up against Tom Cruise.

The actor has signed on to co-star in Cruise's "Wichita" project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The codenamed feature is an action comedy in which an unlucky-in-love woman (Cameron Diaz) falls for a secret agent (Cruise, natch). Blucas, who played the Slayer's boyfriend Riley, will step into the role of Diaz's firefighter ex-boyfriend who -- you guessed it -- still carries a torch for her.

Filming on the project begins this October in Boston.

Speaking of secret agents, "Quantum of Solace" cutie Gemma Arterton will follow up "Clash of the Titans" with an adaptation of the British graphic novel "Tamara Drewe," THR says. Posy Simmonds' 2008 work follows a group of Britons suffering midlife crises.

Arterton will play the title role, who in the book is a plastic surgery-enhanced beauty whose return to her hometown kicks off the aforementioned crises. Filming begins in London later in September.

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