Soderbergh nabs vet quartet for ‘Limey’

Fonda, Ann-Margret, Stamp, Warren join gangster thriller

“Out of Sight” director Steven Soderbergh has assembled a 1960s-iconic cast for his next pic, Artisan Entertainment’s “The Limey,” comprising vets Peter Fonda, Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren and Ann-Margret.

Artisan is financing and distributing the under-$10 million gangster thriller, which begins shooting in California on Oct. 1.

“Limey” is about an Englishman, Wilson (Stamp), who arrives in Los Angeles to avenge his daughter’s murder and finds himself drawn into a world of glitz and crime.

Fonda plays the lead antagonist. Warren plays Elaine, an acting teacher drawn to helping Wilson in his quest. Ann-Margret is still in negotiations for her role, sources said.

The indie film marks a change of pace for Soderbergh after Universal Pictures’ “Sight,” which starred George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez.

“This picture will be where 1960s L.A. meets the millennium,” said Artisan president Bill Block, who indicated that Artisan and Soderbergh are looking to evoke the style and ambiance of classic ’60s and ’70s crime dramas such as “Point Blank,” “The Long Goodbye” and “Get Carter.”

Producers on “Limey” are Scott Kramer and John Hardy. Lem Dobbs wrote the screenplay.

“Limey” marks Fonda’s first major acting role since his rebound with “Ulee’s Gold” last year. Thesp received Golden Globe and best actor Oscar nominations for that pic.

Stamp, who is no stranger to gangster movies with his memorable turn as a stool pigeon opposite John Hurt and Tim Roth in Stephen Frears’ 1984 pic “The Hit,” has upcoming roles in the Steve Martin/Eddie Murphy-starrer “Bofinger’s Big Thing” and the first “Star Wars” prequel.

IFA Talent Agency reps Fonda, ICM reps Warren and William Morris Agency reps Ann-Margret.

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