Per the Hollywood Reporter, Snakes-wrangler Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to play the Octopus, a supervillain with a superlethal punim, in The Spirit, Frank Miller's comic-book adaptation about a murdered cop reborn as a masked mystery man.... Jeff Bridges is Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter in How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, also starring Kirsten Dunst.... Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza ( Babel) is being eyed for the dramedy Henry Poole Is Here, starring Luke Wilson.... Per Variety, 300's G-e-r-a-r-d Butler will star opposite Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin in Nim's Island.