Brody to toe ‘Thin Red Line’

Though he’s fortified the cast of “The Thin Red Line” with all-star list of supporting players including Woody Harrelson, Sean Penn, John Travolta, Nick Nolte and George Clooney, director Terrence Malick has given the lead role to newcomer Adrien Brody.

Brody, whose credits include such indie films as “Last Time I Committed Suicide,” “Bullet” and “King of the Hill,” will play the role of Corporal Fife, an autobiographical character in the novel James Jones wrote based on his experiences in the battle of Guadalcanal. Malick, who last made a picture 20 years ago, scripted the adaptation of the novel. Brody is repped by ICM’s JoAnne Colonna.

Filming will begin in June in Australia. “Red Line” is a Phoenix Pictures production to be distributed by Fox 2000 in a deal worked out between Phoenix chairman/CEO Mike Medavoy and Fox president Bill Mechanic.

“The Thin Red Line” covers the battle of Guadalcanal in 1942 and Malick’s 193-page script features about 54 speaking roles. Many of the big names are expected to work short stints in high-profile cameos. The producers are Robert Geisler and John Roberdeau.

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