Schumacher plucks Davis

Thesp to play games in 'Tigerland'

HOLLYWOOD — Matt Davis, five months ago an unknown student from Utah, will share top billing in Joel Schumacher’s next pic, “Tigerland.”

Fox-based New Regency and DreamWorks-based Bandeira Entertainment will produce the feature.

The plot follows greenhorns who are taken to the backwoods of Louisiana in 1971 to play war games in preparation for their first tour of duty in Vietnam.

“Tigerland,” budgeted at a shoestring $10 million, will be shot on a shuttered army base, Fort Blandings in Florida, sans hairdressers, makeup artists or production designer.

Davis, 21, is also slated to star opposite Jennifer Morrison in Sony-based Phoenix Pictures’ thriller “Urban Legend II,” a role he landed in September.

Irish stage actor Colin Farrell, who’s relatively unknown in Hollywood, is also toplining “Tigerland.” He’ll star as the roughneck Texan who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Davis’ character — a clean-cut, well-bred idealist who wants to become a writer.

Farrell gained acclaim for starring in the London-based Donmar Warehouse’s production of “In a Little World of Our Own”; his only feature to date is Miramax’s “Ordinary Decent Criminal,” opposite Kevin Spacey.

Pic also stars newcomers Tom Guiry, Clifton Collins and Shea Wigham.

Schumacher, reached scouting locations in a swamp near Jacksonville, Fla., said, “With younger talent, you can take bigger risks, because you’re not going to make or break a studio.”

Film was scripted by veteran Ross Klavan and Michael McGruther.

Davis was repped by Paradigm and is managed by Lynda Goodfriend.

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