Caan joins Grant in ‘Blue Eyes’

James Caan tried to get out, but they puuullllled him back in.

Caan once again plays a mobster, unable to refuse Simian Films offer to co-star opposite Hugh Grant in the comedy “Mickey Blue Eyes,” for Castle Rock Entertainment.

But Caan’s turn as a Mafioso in the comedy will be a bit more benign than the role of Sonny Corleone that he made famous in “The Godfather.”

“I play a father who is torn between his love for his daughter and his loyalty to his Mob crew,” said Caan.

In the story, Grant plays a Manhattan art dealer engaged to Caan’s character’s daughter. But the impending marriage is threatened when Grant inadvertently gets in trouble with Caan’s Mafia cronies.

The fiancee’s role is not cast.

Pic, set to commence lensing on New York City locations in early January, is being produced by Elizabeth Hurley and Chuck Mulvehill. Kelly Makin (“Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy.”) Script is by Marc Lawrence, Adam Scheinman and Robert Kuhn.”

Caan is currently finishing production in the role of private eye Phillip Marlowe in “Poodle Springs,” an HBO film based on Raymond Chandler’s final, unfinished novel. That story, scripted by Tom Stoppard, is being produced by Sidney Pollack and directed by Bob Rafelson.

“Mickey” will be Caan’s third film for Castle Rock. He also starred in “Misery” and “Honeymoon in Vegas.”

Warner Bros. has both domestic and international distribution for “Mickey Blue Eyes.”

Caan’s deal was brokered by his agent, Jim Berkus of United Talent Agency and attorney Jake Bloom.

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