Woody rides into New Line’s ‘Sunset’

Studio on the prowl for new helmer, prod'n begins in Oct.

Woody Harrelson is set to join the cast of New Line’s “After the Sunset” in his first starring role in a studio film since 1999’s “Play It to the Bone” and 1996’s “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”

He is likely to join Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in the cast despite John Stockwell ankling the pic to helm “Into the Blue” for MGM and Mandalay.

A New Line rep said the studio is seeking to fill the director’s chair quickly so as to keep to an October start date on “After the Sunset.”

Harrelson would play an FBI agent who tracks down a retired jewel thief, Brosnan, who has been living the good life on a Caribbean island. Hayek plays Brosnan’s girlfriend.

For the past few years, Harrelson has mainly focused on smaller, independent films as well as his own environmental and political organization, VoiceYourself, activism for the legalization of hemp and, at one time, an oxygen bar on Sunset Boulevard.

He appeared in last year’s indie bank robbery comedy “Scorched” and also had smaller roles in Jack Nicholson/Adam Sandler starrer “Anger Management,” Ron Howard’s “EdTV” and Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line.”

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