Fresh from ‘Demolition,’ Bullock signs for ‘Speed’

Actress Sandra Bullock, who will soon be seen in Warners’ “Demolition Man,” has pushed the pedal to the metal, being cast to star opposite Keanu Reeves in the action-adventure bus pic “Speed” for 20th Century Fox.

The pic, to be directed by Jan De Bont and produced by Mark Gor-don, begins filming Sept. 1.

It’s about a morally ambivalent cop who must remove a bomb from beneath a speeding bus, as it will detonate once the bus drops below 50 mph.

UTA’s Cynthia Shelton and manager Tom Chestaro negotiated the deal.

Bullock was a last-minute casting replacement on “Demolition Man” in March after actress Lori Petty was fired over creative differences with producer Joel Silver. She plays a cop who meets up with Sylvester Stallone.

The Warners film opens Oct. 8.

Bullock recently wrapped “Wrestling Ernest Hemingway,” the Randa Haines-directed film produced by Todd Black and Joe Wizan, skedded for a Christmas release.

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