Thesp joins Pacino, Crowe
Thesp Rip Torn has joined Al Pacino and Russell Crowe in the cast of Michael Mann’s Touchstone pic about tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand.
Still-untitled pic is presently lensing in New York for a planned 1999 release. Pieter Jan Brugge is producing the Wigand story along with helmer-writer Mann.
On the small screen, the versatile Torn, just coming off a much-praised six-year run on HBO’s “The Larry Sanders Show,” has inked a deal with cabler TNT to star alongside “Homicide’s” Andre Braugher in the telefilm “Passing Glory,” from “Hoop Dreams” helmer Steve James.
Set in the mid-1960s, “Passing Glory” is based on the true story of a young black priest in New Orleans who organizes a basketball game between the city’s top all-black and all-white teams in an effort to challenge racial conventions.
Vidpic was written by John Sayles and Harold Sylvester, an actor-writer who took part in the match-up that inspired the made-for. “Passing Glory” is being produced for TNT by Magic Johnson Entertainment, Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment and David Rosemont Prods.
Torn is repped by his agent, Gary Gersh, and manager Alan Somers of Somers, Teitlebaum and David.