Whitaker Joining Reeves’ Watchman

Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) wil star oppposite Keanu Reeves in The Night Watchman, the James Ellroy-scripted drama that David Ayer will direct, reports Variety.

The film, co-financed by Fox Searchlight and New Regency, begins production May 21. Alexandra Milchan, Lucas Foster and Erwin Stoff are producing.

Reeves was set last month to play a member of an elite group of LAPD cops who questions the ruthless tactics he has used to become such an effective force in solving murders and battling gang violence and drugs.

Whitaker will play a captain of the elite unit called Ad/Vice.