Fact: Josh Charles is to star in high school basketball drama Amateur, taking over a role originally meant for Jason Sudeikis. Directed by Ryan Koo, the story centres on a talented basketball player, played by Michael Rainey Jr., who struggles to fit in with older players on his high school team, and his new coach. Former The Good Wife star Charles will now play coach Jimmy Gaines, The Tracking Board reports. Amateur is in production but a release date is yet to be announced.
Fact: Actor Josh Charles was given an early 40th birthday treat when he appeared on U.S. daytime show The Talk on Wednesday (14Sep11) - he was handed an American football signed by the stars of his favourite team, the Baltimore Ravens. The Maryland native was also treated to chocolate cookies during his interview with presenters including Sharon Osbourne and Julie Chen. He turns 40 on Friday (15Sep11).