Familiar faces make ‘Scanner’ plans

Four thesps join live action-to-toon undertaking

Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson and Rory Cochran will join Keanu Reeves in “A Scanner Darkly,” the Warner Independent Pictures drama that Richard Linklater will direct from his scripted adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel.

Thesps will film the scenes as if this were a traditional live action undertaking, but then Linklater will turn the footage into animation, much as he did with “Waking Life.”

Pic will be produced by Section 8 partners George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, along with Jonah Smith and Palmer West, whose company Thousand Words is co-financing the film with WIP.

Tommy Pallotta and Anne Walker McBay are also producing. Bob Sabiston is animation director, a job he held on “Waking Life.”

Tale concerns an undercover drug officer (Reeves) in the future who becomes addicted and develops a split personality. Novel was said to have been influenced by the drug experiences of the author, whose books have been the basis of such sci-fi films as “Total Recall” and “Minority Report.”

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