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Nat Geo hires Jeff Goldblum to walk around, being professionally fascinated by things

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Welcome to Development Hell, the fiery pit into which we fling recent developments in casting, distribution, and everything else that’s new and mildly interesting in the Boschian phantasmagoria of the entertainment industry.

Today we’ve got Pokémon shake-ups, new Wonder Woman buddies, and Jeff Goldblum just kind of walking around, being interested in stuff, so let’s not waste any time:

  • First up: The aforementioned Jeff Goldblum show—working title: The Curiosity Of Jeff Goldblum—which has just been green-lit at Nat Geo. Given that Goldblum already appears to exist in a permanent state of “Hmm, yes, fascinating,” we have to assume this new series (which will see him investigate the joys of common day phenomena like baseball and making toilet paper) falls securely under the “get paid to do what you love” rubric for human happiness.
  • THR reports that Legenday is now partnering with Warner Bros. for U.S. distribution on its upcoming live-action Pokémon movie, Detective Pikachu. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a sarcastic lightning rat who solves crimes in a Sherlock Holmes hat, a synopsis we continue to be entirely down with.
  • Eliza Scanlen, lately of HBO’s Gillian Flynn adaptation Sharp Objects, is in talks for a starring role in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women adaptation. If she takes the role, Scanlen would reportedly play Beth March, joining a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, and Timothée Chalamet. [via Deadline]
  • Reese Witherspoon has added another entry to her increasingly packed TV production slate. The Big Little Lies star has just sold Amazon on a limited series adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s upcoming rock novel Daisy Jones And The Six. The book tracks the rise and fall of a beautiful, enigmatic ’70s rocker and the dissolution of her titular band. [via The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Wonder Woman 1984 continues to add top-tier talent to its roster, with Vulture reporting that Insecure’s Natasha Rothwell has joined the upcoming superhero sequel. There’s no word yet on what role Rothwell will be playing in the film, which also stars Kristen Wiig, Gal Gadot, and Chris Pine as some sort of time-traveling memory ghost. (We’re just guessing on that last part, though.)  
  • Newly minted Oscar winner Gary Oldman has lined up his next gig, with Variety noting that he’s about to co-star in Amy Adams’ new movie, The Woman In The Window. Adams stars as a reclusive author who ends up Rear Window-ing herself into some neighbors’ lives; Oldman will play the father of the family whose dark secrets Adams’ peeping-on reveals.
  • Apple has tapped some big-name acting talent to appear opposite Jason Momoa in its upcoming drama See, with Deadline reporting that Alfre Woodard will co-star in the show. Most recently known for her work on Netflix’s Luke Cage (and also a billion other things, for which she’s been showered in Emmys and other award nominations), Woodard will play “Paris, an advisor and priestess” in a world where the human race has lost its sense of sight.