Golden Globe winner Brian Dennehy is in negotiations to join newly added cast members John Leguizamo, Academy Award® nominee Dan Futterman, Trilby Glover and professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in Righteous Kill, the Jon Avnet production which begins filming September 4th in Connecticut and New York.
This rounds out the cast which includes Academy Award® winners Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, 50 Cent, Carla Gugino and Donnie Wahlberg.
The film, which Avnet (Red Corner, Fried Green Tomatoes, Up Close and Personal) is helming based on a script by Russell Gewirtz (Inside Man), follows long time police detectives, played by Pacino and De Niro, as they investigate a series of vigilante killings in New York City.
Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge!) plays a cop in the NYPD who butts heads with Pacino and De Niro as they search for a serial killer. Dennehy (Showtime’s “Death of a Salesman,” Assault on Precinct 13) takes on the role of their captain. Futterman (A Mighty Heart) and Glover (The Starter Wife) both play attorneys, and Dyrdek (MTV’s “Rob and Big”) a delinquent, who crosses paths with the detectives during their investigations.
The Nu Image/Millennium production will be distributed domestically by Overture Films. The film is produced by Jon Avnet, Avi Lerner, Alexandra Milchan, Daniel Rosenberg, Rob Cowan and Randall Emmett.
Nu Image/Millennium Films is currently in production on the upcoming Jessica Simpson film, Major Movie Star, a comedy about an actress who flees from her pampered Hollywood life and finds herself as an unwilling recruit in the U.S. Army Reserves. The company also recently completed production on the highly anticipated action film John Rambo with Sylvester Stallone, 88 Minutes with Al Pacino, and Cleaner with Samuel L. Jackson and Eva Mendes, directed by Renny Harlin.
Overture Films most recently partnered with Nu Image/Millennium Films on the comedy-caper Mad Money, directed by Callie Khouri and starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes as three female employees of the Federal Reserve who plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed. Mad Money is currently in post-production.
Additionally, Overture green-lit Traitor, its sixth film in six months. Set to begin production this month, Traitor is an espionage thriller starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce, about a rogue former US Special forces operative who is aiding terrorists to carry out acts against the West; however, it’s unclear where the man’s loyalties lie.
Shooting in London in October is the unconventional romance, Last Chance Harvey, starring Academy Award® winners Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson.
Earlier this year, Overture Films acquired all U.S. rights to Ferris Wheel, an emotional drama about a young girl’s search for parental love, starring Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron.
Overture is also in active development on, and currently casting for 105 Degrees and Rising, an ensemble piece set against the backdrop of the Fall of Saigon, to be directed by Jon Amiel.