Apparently, Josh Hartnett is in final talks to "topline" the 30 Days of Night movie. I presume that means he'll be playing Eben Olemaun, the sheriff of Barrow. With Sam Raimi producing, Weta on effects, and Hartnett in the lead, this has just officially become an "A"-list movie.
On his message board, 30 Days creator Steve Niles says that he thinks Hartnett's a great choice. "I thought he was great in Black Hawk Down and has that quiet brooding thing about him that Eben has. I can see him in Alaska wearing that parka."