Thesp to play travel agent in Friesen-penned thriller

Robin Williams will star in “The Big White,” a dark comedy generated by Artisan Pictures and being shopped for financing by CAA. Pic will be directed by Mark Mylod, whose British debut “Ali G Indahouse” won two BAFTA Awards.

Williams will play a travel agent who wants to plan a permanent road trip to a warm locale. He thinks it may help his wife, who suffers from psychosomatic Tourette’s syndrome. To get the money, he steals a corpse and pretends it’s his long-missing brother. The plan goes awry when two hitman come looking for the body, which they’d stashed. Collin Friesen wrote the script.

It’s another indie-style turn for Williams, who last year played villains in both “Insomnia” and “One Hour Photo.” He has flirted with the project for the past month, and CAA began shopping the film on Friday. It’s produced by Michael Birnbaum, Christopher Eberts, Chris Roberts and David Faigenblum. Artisan Pictures prexy Richard Saperstein is shepherding the comedy.

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