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In brief: Zeta-Jones bags lead in gangster biopic

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Wednesday August 24, 2005

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Keanu Reeves are eyeing Stompanato, a biopic of small-time gangster Johnny Stompanato, the lover of Lana Turner who was shot by the actor's teenage daughter. Adrian Lyne (Lolita, 9 weeks) is attached to direct the script by the Twelve Monkeys writers David and Janet Peoples.

Halle Berry will star opposite Bruce Willis in the thriller Perfect Stranger. She will play a woman investigating a friend's murder on the internet, with Willis playing one of the prime suspects. Shooting is to begin early next year, with James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross) at the helm. Berry is currently filming X-Men 3 while Willis is preparing for the Die Hard sequel, Die Hard 4.O.

The latest offerings by Stephen Frears and Guy Ritchie will premiere at the Toronto film festival, it was announced yesterday. The Dirty Pretty Things director will showcase Mrs Henderson Presents, starring Judy Dench as the owner of an all-nude review theatre. Meanwhile, the Snatch director will try to erase the embarrassment that was Swept Away with a return to surer grounds with the gangster drama Revolver. The Toronto festival runs September 8-17.

Jodie Foster is in negotiations to star in The Brave One, an urban thriller about a woman who seeks revenge after suffering a brutal attack. The script is by Roderick and Bruce Taylor, who wrote the TV series Witchblade. Foster will next be seen in the airplane thriller Flightplan. She is is currently shooting Spike Lee's Inside Man with Denzel Washington and Clive Owen.

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