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Dafoe to embrace ‘Lover’

Thesp stars/pens flick for Millenium

HOLLYWOOD — Willem Dafoe will star in “The Widow’s Lover” for production shingle Millennium Films.

Brian Bell, Randall Emmett and Rita Capasa produce the pic, penned by Dafoe and girlfriend Giada Colagrande. Colagrande will direct and star; a January start is slated in New York.

Story concerns a young Italian widow who returns to her deceased husband’s home away from home to settle his affairs and becomes romantically embroiled with the house’s caretaker with tragic consequences.

Pic is the latest project under the previously announced production, finance and distribution arrangement between Millennium and Emmett/Furla Films.

Avi Lerner, George Furla and Frank Frattaroli will exec produce.

Emmett/Furla recently teamed with Dafoe on “Control,” which also stars Ray Liotta and Michelle Rodriguez. It is in post-production.

Dafoe recently wrapped production on Revolution’s upcoming sequel “XXX: State of the Nation,” to be released next year.

He can currently be seen in “The Aviator” and “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.”

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