NEW YORK — Master P (“I Got the Hook Up”) is joining Skeet Ulrich, Russell Wong and Forest Whitaker in the cast of Dimension Films’ “Takedown.”
Based on the real-life story of computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, “Takedown” is being produced by Millennium Films through its deal with Dimension and parent company Miramax Films.
Joe Chappelle is directing “Takedown,” the second in his three-picture deal with Dimension. David and Leslie Newman, Howard Rodman and John Danza adapted the screenplay from the book of the same name by Tsutomu Shimomura, the computer genius who tracked down Mitnick, and John Markoff, a New York Times technology reporter.
Also joining “Takedown” are Donal Logue (MTV’s “Jimmy McBride the Cab Driver”), Angela Featherstone (“The Wedding Singer”) and Christopher McDonald (Dimension’s upcoming “The Faculty”).
Rounding out the cast are Jeremy Sisto (“White Squall”), Amanda Peet (“She’s the One”), Cara Buono (Miramax’s upcoming “Next Stop, Wonderland”) and Ethan Suplee (“Chasing Amy”).
Avi Lerner is executive producing “Takedown,” and Brad Weston and John Thompson are producing. Dimension senior veepees of production Andrew Rona and Richard Potter are overseeing the project for the genre film label.
On behalf of Dimension and Millennium, Master P’s deal was negotiated by Dimension president Cary Granat, Rona and Miramax VP of business and legal affairs Brian Burkin. Master P was repped by Andrew Shack, senior veepee of Priority Records and Films.