Richard Gere is close to signing on to the Nicholas Jarecki-directed drama Arbitrage.  An earlier press release reported that Al Pacino had signed on to the lead as a shady hedge fund manager trying to sell off his empire before its collapse. Whether Gere is taking over that role or appearing in a supporting capacity isn't known at this time. But if Nicholas Jarecki saw Son Of No One, that would explain Pacino's dismissal.

Either way, this could prove to be Gere's toughest role to date as he might have to share the screen with Drake. It takes a fine actor to counteract Drake's bland appeal. And as the pink dog sporting sunglasses in the inset photo has illustrated, Gere is merely a decent actor. (Deadline)