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|Zeta-Jones to join Guy Pearce in indie biopic of Harry Houdini|
Catherine Zeta-Jones, an Oscar winner for her supporting role in Chicago,
has a little magic on her side. The Welsh beauty has started negotiations to
star with leading man Guy Pearce in Death Defying Acts, an indie biopic
of famed illusionist Harry Houdini. The film is currently slated to begin lensing
later this summer in the U.K. under the direction of Oscar and Lucinda
helmer Gillian Armstrong, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Death Defying Acts, written by Tony Grisoni and Brian Ward, will be
a period piece set in 1926 during the height of Houdini's career. Pearce will
play the enigmatic Houdini, who, at the time, was touring the world impressing
mass audiences with his highly-structured and sophisticated escape performances.
Zeta-Jones, should a deal be reached, will play an exotic psychic who catches
Houdini's eye and with whom be begins a fervent affair.
Chris Curling of Zephyr Films and Marian Macgowan of the Macgowan Film Co.
will be the producers on the indie, with Myriad Pictures' Kirk D'Amico, Dan
Lupovitz and Marcia Nasatir serving as executive producers. Financing is coming
from Myriad, the Australian Film Finance Corp. and BBC Films.
Repped by WMA, Zeta-Jones is currently filming an untitled project for director
Scott Hicks. Her more recent credits include The Legend of Zorro, Ocean's
Twelve and The Terminal. She is also, according to IMDB, attached
to Francesca Joseph's dramedy Rachel's Holiday and to star as Lana Turner
in the crime drama Stompanato.