Casting/development roundup

— Chris Noth will reprise his role as Mr. Big in the feature-film adaptation of Sex and the City. He’ll join a cast that already includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon, the stars of the HBO series. “Chris Noth assures me that Mr. Big is alive and well and ready to report to the set in September,” director Michael Patrick King said in a statement.

— Anne Hathaway, Bill Irwin, Anna Deveare Smith and Debra Winger will star in Dancing With Shiva, a comedy based on a screenplay by Jenny Lumet (daughter of Sidney). Jonathan Demme will direct and produce; shooting is scheduled to begin mid-August in Connecticut.

— Smoke House productions, George Clooney’s production company, is developing a script for Escape from Tehran, based on a Wired article about a CIA agent who rescued six Americans from Iran during the hostage crisis. If approved for production, the film may get Clooney to direct and star.

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