Private: Hugh Grant Adams’ choice to play Arthur Dent; cast selected for new Philip K. Dick adaptation

Hugh Grant was late author Douglas Adams’ first choice to play Arthur Dent in the screen adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Martin Freeman was cast in the role last month.

In other SF adaptation news, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson and Rory Cochran A Scanner Darkly, the latest adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel, according to Variety. Richard Linklater wrote the screenplay and will direct the film. “Reeves plays an undercover drug officer in the future who becomes addicted and develops a split personality.” (Via Whatevs.)