Actress to star in Shyamalan's next suspenser

“Unbreakable,” M. Night Shyamalan’s follow-up to “The Sixth Sense,” is scheduled to start shooting April 17 in Philadelphia with Julianne Moore in the leading role.

Moore’s deal is all but closed, with reps for the actress finalizing deal points (Daily Variety, Dec. 22).

Set up at the Walt Disney Co., project also stars Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

“Julianne is on a very short list of naturalistic actresses working in the business,” Shyamalan told Daily Variety. “She is able to emote and really connect with audiences, and will be a great match with Bruce.

“Julianne adds a lot of class to the project.”

The writer-director described “Unbreakable” as “an old-style suspense movie in which suspense unravels and bizarre things come into play.”

Willis plays the sole survivor of a large accident. Jackson’s character proposes an explanation of why he survived. Moore plays Willis’ wife, a physical therapist.

Buena Vista Motion Picture Group co-presidents Nina Jacobson and Todd Garner will oversee the film for the Mouse House.

Pic will be produced by Sam Mercer (an executive producer on “Sixth Sense” and a producer on Disney’s forthcoming “Mission to Mars”), Barry Mendel (“The Sixth Sense”) and Shyamalan.

Moore received Golden Globe noms for roles in “An Ideal Husband” and “An Affair to Remember.” Her recent credits include “Cookie’s Fortune,” “Magnolia” and “A Map of the World.” Moore is repped by CAA.

Shyamalan and his Blinding Edge Pictures recently established a first-look deal with the Mouse House.

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