Ben Loses Memory, Denzel Gets Political

11/18/2002 AT 11:00 AM EST

Two big leading men -- Ben Affleck and Denzel Washington -- are about to embark on two big movie projects.

Affleck (who hasn't been in the news for about an hour) is in line to play the leading man -- who fatefully suffers amnesia -- in "Face/Off" director John Woo's futuristic sci-fi thriller "Paycheck," Variety reports.

The movie is based on a 1953 short story by the late Philip K. Dick, whose stories "Minority Report," "Total Recall" and "Blade Runner" have all been adapted to the screen, starring Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harrison Ford, respectively.

Affleck, 30, as you might have heard, is engaged to his "Gigli" and "Jersey Girl" costar, Jennifer Lopez, 33. No wedding date has been announced.

In other casting news, this year's Oscar winner, Washington, 48, will reprise Frank Sinatra's role in an update of the classic 1962 political thriller, "The Manchurian Candidate."

The remake has been written by Dan Pyne ("The Sum of All Fears") and is to be produced by Scott Rudin ("Zoolander") and the daughter of the late Ol' Blue Eyes, Tina Sinatra, Variety also reports.

"He believed, as we do, that premises can be brought into the future," Sinatra, 54, said of her father.

No start date or director has been announced.

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