Washington to do time for Eastwood’s ‘Crime’

To star as death-row con

Isaiah Washington, who next appears in Fox’s “Bulworth” and Universal’s “Out of Sight,” is set to co-star in the Clint Eastwood-helmed adaptation of Andrew Klavan’s novel “True Crime” at Warner Bros.

Washington is set to play the pivotal role of Frank Beachum, a death-row convict whom a journalist — played by Eastwood — is attempting to free as his scheduled execution ticks closer.

Veteran character actor Michael Jeter, appearing in upcoming U pics “Patch Adams” and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” also has joined the “Crime” cast in the role of an accountant.

Stephen Schiff penned the script, which chronicles the newspaperman’s struggle to prove Beachum’s innocence in light of newly discovered evidence, with only 26 hours to go before his execution.

In addition to starring in and directing “Crime,” Eastwood will also produce the film with Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck.

James Woods, Diane Venora, Bernard Hill and LisaGay Hamilton also are signed to co-star in the film.

Coming a long way since his days as Manhattan bicycle messenger, Washington has built a hearty resume with such credits as “Love Jones,” “Girl 6,” “Get on the Bus,” “Clockers” and “Crooklyn.” He is repped by ICM’s Chris Andrews, and is managed by Robi Reed-Humes of Edmonds Management.

Jeter’s credits include “Mouse Hunt,” “Waterworld,” “The Fisher King” and television’s “Evening Shade,” which earned him an Emmy. He’s repped by Paradigm agency and managed by InHouse Entertainment.

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