Thesps up for ‘Heights’

Levinson readies fourth film in Baltimore series

Newcomer Ben Foster, Joe Mantegna and Adrien Brody have all signed for ensemble leads in Warner Bros.’ Barry Levinson-helmed “Liberty Heights,” the fourth in the helmer’s Baltimore series.

Pic, which follows “Diner,” “Tin Men” and “Avalon” in chronicling Baltimore locals, is about an interracial neighborhood in Baltimore and its residents.

Levinson and Paula Weinstein are producing the pic through their Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures label. “Heights” will shoot later this fall on location in the Oriole city. Levinson also scripted.

Foster will be making his feature film debut with “Liberty Heights.” His deal was brokered by Bonnie Liedtke of Gold/Marshak/Liedtke Associates and his manager Ken Jacobson.

Mantegna was last seen in HBO’s “The Rat Pack” as Dean Martin. He will appear in the upcoming Woody Allen pic “Celebrity” as well as “Conundrum,” “Jerry and Tom,” “The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit” and “Boy Meets Girl.” His other credits include “House of Games,” “Things Change,” “Queens Logic,” “Forget Paris,” “Bugsy” and “Godfather, Part III.”

Brody appears in this winter’s Terence Malick-helmed “The Thin Red Line” from Fox. He also co-starred in “Summer of Sam,” the Spike Lee pic about the Son of Sam murders.

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