Townsend clocks in for ’24 Hours’

Fanning on board to star as abductee

Irish actor Stuart Townsend (“Queen of the Damned”) will star opposite Charlize Theron in the Columbia Pictures/Senator Entertainment thriller “24 Hours.”

Also on board for the pic is Dakota Fanning, who will segue from New Line Cinema’s “I Am Sam.”

“24 Hours” is helmed by Luis Mandoki and produced by the Mark Canton Co., Mandolin Entertainment and Propaganda Films. Production begins March 19 in Vancouver.

Written by Greg Iles, “24 Hours” is about a doctor (Townsend) and his wife (Theron) who are forced to take matters into their own hands when their daughter (Fanning) is abducted by two experienced kidnappers (Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love) who have a seemingly foolproof plan.

Townsend also stars opposite Kate Hudson in Miramax Films’ “About Adam,” which is slated for release March 23.

Mandoki is producing “24 Hours” with Mimi Polk-Gitlin. Canton exec produces with Senator’s Hanno Huth, Carsten Lorenz, Glen Ballard and Propaganda’s Rick Hess. Canton Co.’s Nathan Kahane is overseeing the project for his company with Mandolin’s Tanna Thompson, while Columbia senior VP production, Andrea Giannetti oversees the project for the studio.

Pic will be released domestically and in certain foreign territories by Col, with Senator Entertainment’s international sales arm handling other foreign sales.

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