Wait for It – Rachel’s War, Swizz’s Choice

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[Wait for It is our regular roundup of things to look forward to in
pop culture. The future, it turns out, isn't really that futuristic.
]

Movies

Rachelmc_waitRachel McAdams has signed on for a role in the Iraq war drama The Return. It’s about time Rachel chose a potentially heavy-hitting project: she’s got major ground to cover if she wants to live up to her reputation as the "next Julia Roberts."  The Return will concern three injured soldiers who are faced with harsh realities upon returning to the U.S. As exciting as Rachel’s involvement is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to co-star Michael Pena‘s plotline, which is set to involve post-war impotence. That is what you call drama on top of drama. [Hollywood Reporter/Reuters]

Music

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Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz has fashioned a career out of outfitting others with his work, and it seems only appropriate that his upcoming album, One Man Band, will be a multi-guest affair. The disc, which is set to drop May 15, will feature the likes of Kanye West, Just Blaze (both on production) and Coldplay, whose contribution, "Part of the Plan," may be brought to the small screen with a video helmed by Crash director Paul Haggis. All that sounds great, but one question: why does a producer need to enlist other producers for his album? Getting lazy there, Swizz? [Billboard.com]