Mekhi Phifer and Taye Diggs will up the testosterone factor in GreeneStreet Films’ “Slow Burn,” joining previously announced leads Ray Liotta and LL Cool J in the sexy thriller, which started shooting July 5 in Montreal for screenwriter-turned-director Wayne Beach.
Female lead is Jolene Blalock, star of TV’s “Enterprise,” in her first film role. Also joining the cast is Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Dirty Pretty Things”), along with Guy Torry and Bruce McGill, both of whom appear in Fox’s upcoming John Grisham adaptation “Runaway Jury,” directed by Gary Fleder.
Co-financed by GreeneStreet and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and co-produced by those banners with Bonnie Timmermann Prods., “Slow Burn” centers on an ambitious district attorney who’s drawn into a 24-hour showdown with a powerful gang leader while he’s being manipulated by his beautiful assistant DA and an enigmatic stranger.
Clerk in love triangle
Phifer, whose recent credits include “8 Mile” and a regular spot on “ER,” will play a record store clerk involved in a politically charged love triangle with the assistant DA and her boss, played by Blalock and Liotta, respectively.
Last seen tickling the ivories in “Chicago,” Diggs plays an imprisoned gang member intimidated by the DA into assisting in the investigation.
“This is definitely a cast that will help us cross over to an urban audience,” said GreeneStreet prexy John Penotti. “It could be a great byproduct of what we think are just the best possible actors for these roles.”
Pic is being produced by Penotti, Kimmel, Timmermann and GreeneStreet head of production Tim Williams. Exec producers are GreeneStreet’s Fisher Stevens and Longfellow Pictures’ Andrew Karsch. The thriller is being sold through GreeneStreet’s newly launched international sales arm, headed by Cedric Jeanson.
Next up for the company is Boaz Yakin’s comedy “Uptown Girls,” with Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning, opening Aug. 15 through MGM.