One of those casting rumors we like to repeat because the internet makes it true. Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth are in talks to appear together in Stoker, a family suspense thriller by Korean director Park Chan-wook (Oldboys, Thirst). Scheduled by Fox Searchlight to begin shooting as soon as early this Spring, Stoker involves a girl and her mother who are visited by a mysterious uncle after the girl’s father dies. Local residents begin to go missing and the girl suspects her uncle may be the cause. (Shades of Shadow of a Doubt?) Colin would play the uncle with Nicole as the mother and Mia Wasikowska as the girl, India Stoker.

With all the surnames in the world to choose from, am I twisted for wishing that somehow these mysterious disappearances might somehow be related to creepy happenings explored by another Stoker over 100 years ago? Screenwriter Wentworth Miller says, Not quite:

It‚Äôs got a lot of elements of the Dracula mythology in its story… It‚Äôs not a vampire story. It‚Äôs not about vampires at least with the teeth and the desire to suck your blood but it is a thriller and it is about an individual who preys on the innocent.