Thesp grabs title role in Tucci pic

NEW YORK — Ian Holm has inked to play the title role in “Joe Gould’s Secret,” which Stanley Tucci will direct and star in for October Films.

Holm and Tucci last shared the screen in the indie hit “Big Night,” Tucci’s film about two Italian brothers struggling to keep their restaurant afloat.

In 1997, Holm won critical acclaim for his role as a lawyer in the screen adaptation of “The Sweet Hereafter” directed by Atom Egoyan. Holm’s other film credits include “Night Falls on Manhattan,” “The Madness of King George” and “Chariots of Fire.”

Written by Howard Rodman and Tucci, “Secret” is based on the book of the same name by longtime New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell.

Mitchell, who will be played by Tucci (Daily Variety, Oct. 5, 1998), befriended Gould, a Greenwich Village bohemian who claimed to be writing an oral history of New York during the 1940s and 1950s.

“Secret” is the first project being produced by Tucci and his partner Elizabeth Alexander under their first-look deal with October.

“Secret” begins lensing in Gotham in March. It is being produced by Tucci, Alexander, Chuck Weinstock and Mike Lieber.

Holm is repped by Frank Frattaroli of the William Morris Agency in New York and Olivia Barker of Julian Belfrage Associates in London.

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