‘Player’ goes South

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“The Piano Player,” the Christopher Lambert and Dennis Hopper starrer, begins lensing Nov. 12 in South Africa, after the film’s insurer nixed the Turkish locations after Sept. 11 WTC attack.

Film, first-time feature for commercial helmer Jean-Pierre Roux, is produced by LA-based, Philippe Martinez. Co-producers include Germany’s Splendide Films (“Traffic,” “Gangs of New York”), Spain’s American Video and U.K.’s Lucky 7.

Film follows the relationship of a businessman who launders money for the Mafia (Hopper) and his gangster bodyguard (Lambert).

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