Gaghan-penned pic will also star Biehn, San Giacomo

HOLLYWOOD — Anne Hathaway and Bijou Phillips will topline the Media 8 (formerly MDP Worldwide) drama “Havoc” for director Barbara Kopple.

Also joining the cast are Laura San Giacomo, Michael Biehn, Mike Vogel, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Matt O’Leary.

Production is under way in Los Angeles.

Pic, written by “Traffic” scribe Stephen Gaghan, has gained significant traction in the past few months. Script is based upon Jessica Kaplan’s original screenplay “The Powers That Be”; Kaplan died last June in a plane crash in Los Angeles (Daily Variety, June 10). She had sold the spec to New Line in 1995 for $150,000.

In the vein of “Traffic,” “Havoc” is Gaghan’s vision of teens clashing with the real world of urban Latino gang culture. Music-driven tale follows Allison (Hathaway) and Emily (Phillips) on their journey from the safety of their affluent suburban homes into East L.A., where they learn that even innocent actions can have the most grave and critical consequences.

The Media 8 and VIP Medienfonds production is being produced by Jack F. Murphy (“Ticks”), John Morrissey (“American History X”) and Stewart Hall (“11:14″). Mark Damon, Sammy Lee, Jane Berliner, Andreas Schmid and Andreas Grosch will serve as executive producers.

Best known for her starring role as Mia Thermopolis in Disney’s boffo hit “The Princess Diaries,” Hathaway will next be seen in Miramax’s “Ella Enchanted.” After completing “Havoc,” she will reprise her role as Mia for “The Princess Diaries 2.”

Phillips, who has appeared in “Bully” and Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous,” will next be seen in “Door in the Floor,” based on a John Irving novel.

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