Michael Clarke Duncan is segueing from helping to save the world in “Armageddon” to saving Tom Hanks in Castle Rock’s “The Green Mile.”
And Barry Pepper, who stars with Hanks in this summer’s “Saving Private Ryan,” has joined the cast of the “Green” prison drama, based on a story by Stephen King.
Duncan plays John Coffey, a death row inmate accused of murdering two small children. Hanks plays a prison guard, Paul Edgecombe, who befriends Coffey on discovering that he may possess strange powers. Pepper plays another prison guard.
The pic, which is being written and directed by Frank Darabont, is based on a six-part serialized novel by King. Darabont and David Valdes (“A Perfect World”) are producing.
Darabont’s previous prison drama, “The Shawshank Redemption,” also was based on a King novella. That Castle Rock pic, which starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, garnered seven Oscar nominations.
Also starring in “Green” are David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell and Graham Greene.
Duncan is repped by the Tyler Kjar Agency’s Brandon Kjar. Pepper’s deal was brokered by his agents Scott Wilson and Pearl Wexler at Paul Kohner & Associates.