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Bruce Greenwood has been cast in the Beacon/New Line film “Thirteen Days.” He will play JFK in the Kevin Costner-starrer set during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Roger Donaldson directs.

Greenwood has starred in Atom Egoyan’s “The Sweet Hereafter” and “Exotica,” and has a passel of upcoming pics in the wings, including “Thick as Thieves” with Alec Baldwin; Chris Menges’ “The Lost Son”; and “Cord” with Daryl Hannah, Jennifer Tilly and Vincent Gallo; Paramount pair “Double Jeopardy” with Ashley Judd and “Rules of Engagement” with Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson; and Fox’s “Here on Earth.”

Chuck Binder of Binder & Associates, and the Bob Gersh Agency brokered Greenwood’s deal.

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Khandi Alexander is set to star in the newly announced HBO miniseries, “The Corner” to be directed by Charles S. Dutton, based on the real lives of Baltimore residents plagued by the area’s violence, poverty and drugs. Alexander was a series regular on NBC’s “NewsRadio,” and now has a recurring role on “ER.” Her feature credits include “Sugar Hill” and “Menace II Society.” She is repped by David Rose at Innovative Artists.

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Writer, director and actor Eric Schaeffer is joining the cast of the Universal pic “One Night at McCool’s” starring Michael Douglas and Liv Tyler. Schaeffer has numerous TV and feature credits, including “If Lucy Fell” and the upcoming “Wirey Spindell,” both of which he wrote and directed. The multi-hyphenate recently starred in “Everything’s Relative” for NBC and Witt-Thomas Prods. He was repped on his deal by Todd Eisner, Norman Aladjem and Jim Stein from Writers and Artists Agency.

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Jennifer Esposito is reteaming with her “Summer of Sam” co-star John Leguizamo and Samuel L. Jackson in Paramount’s remake of the ’70s classic, “Shaft.” Esposito is set to play a woman who goes into hiding after witnessing a murder. John Singleton directs the pic that will begin shooting in New York next month.

Esposito, who also starred in “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” will next be seen opposite Chris O’Donnell in “The Bachelor.” She is repped by UTA and manager Tina Thor and Jonathon Cohen at TMT Entertainment Group.

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Jason Isaacs is joining Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger in Columbia’s “The Patriot” for director Roland Emmerich.

In the Revolutionary War pic from Mutual Film Co. and Centropolis Entertainment, Isaacs will play the head of the Green Dragoons, the most deadly branch of the British fighting forces. His brutal assault against an American family provokes a father and son (Gibson and Ledger) to join the fight.

Isaacs will next be seen in Col’s winter release, “The End of the Affair,” directed by Neil Jordan and starring Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore and Stephen Rea.

Isaacs’ previous credits include “Soldier” opposite Kurt Russell, Michael Bay’s “Armageddon” and “Event Horizon.” “The Patriot” is skedded to hit theaters next summer.

Isaacs is repped by Michael Lazo at Paradigm and managers Melanie Greene and Jennifer Lauren.

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Janine Turner is set to star in the CBS vidpic, “Barbara Taylor Bradford’s a Secret Affair.” The fourth TV movie to be made based on Bradford’s best-selling novels is shooting in Venice and Dublin. Bobby Roth directs the Adelson Entertainment production.

Turner will play a successful exec who feels stifled by her too-perfect life. Celtic thesp Paudge Behan co-stars. Turner is best known for her role on the Emmy-winning series “Northern Exposure.” She is repped by CAA and Evolution Entertainment.

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Sean Patrick Thomas has joined the cast of the Fox series “Manchester Prep” from producer Neal H. Moritz, based on his feature “Cruel Intentions.” Thomas has appeared in “Courage Under Fire,” “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Cruel Intentions.” He is repped by Paradigm and manager Jeff Roda of Rumpus Entertainment.

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