Paul Giamatti Joins Duplicity

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Paul Giamatti, who is toplining the seven-part HBO miniseries “John Adams,” has been set by director Tony Gilroy to join Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Tom Wilkinson in the Gilroy-scripted Duplicity at Universal.

Variety says Giamatti will play an industrialist engaged in a fierce game of corporate one-upmanship against a rival titan, played by Wilkinson (who plays Benjamin Franklin in “John Adams”). Roberts and Owen play two spies-turned-corporate operatives who work on opposite sides but are having a clandestine love affair.

Billy Bob Thornton had been in talks for the businessman role.

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