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‘Out’s’ Sunjata coming to ‘Rescue’

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Daniel Sunjata will segue from Broadway to the tube in January.

On Jan. 4, the “Take Me Out” star will depart his role as the out-of-the-closet baseball player; two days later he’ll start work on Denis Leary’s “Rescue Me” pilot for FX.

Sunjata has headlined the Richard Greenberg play since spring 2002, when it preemed at the Donmar Warehouse in London. That production traveled to the Public Theater in late summer and transferred to its current Broadway berth in winter 2003. It went on to win the Tony Award for play.

“Rescue Me,” a one-hour drama about firefighters working in a post-9/11 New York, stars Leary, who created and wrote the pilot with his “The Job” partner, Peter Tolan.

After “Rescue Me,” Sunjata will start work on Woody Allen’s next pic, due out in fall 2004. He is also in final negotiations to play Susan Sarandon’s lover in the feature “Noel.”

Sunjata is repped by CornerStone Talent in New York and UTA in Los Angeles.

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