New Year’s Eve Begins Casting

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New Line’s thematic follow-up to Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, is currently looking for some similarly high-profile actors to fill key roles. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that currently-in-negotiations candidates include Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Michelle Pfeiffer and Hilary Swank.

As in Valentine’s Day, the film will take place in a 24-hour period and will involve an ensemble cast navigating between intertwining stories which are now said to include a hospitalized man in his last days (De Niro), a man who hates the holiday (Kutcher), a businesswoman trying to accomplish her resolutions before the year runs out (Pfeiffer) and a woman producing the Time Square holiday show (Swank).

Previously attached talent include Abigail Breslin and Lea Michele in unspecified roles.

Production is said to begin next month with a release date set for December 9, 2011