Weinsteins betting on ‘Lucky Number’

Gangster pic follows case of mistaken identity

NEW YORK — Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s temporarily named Weinstein Co. has sealed a deal to domestically distribute gangster thriller “Lucky Number Slevin,” starring Bruce Willis, Josh Hartnett, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman and Ben Kingsley.

The Weinsteins also will distribute domestically and in various overseas territories with Capitol Films.

Set in the world of New York City gangsters, pic follows a case of mistaken identity that lands Hartnett’s character in the middle of a murder plot.

Pic recently wrapped, having lensed in Gotham and Montreal. Paul McGuigan (“Wicker Park”) helmed from a script by Jason Smilovic.

Christopher Eberts, Kia Jam and Chris Roberts of Ascendant Pictures produced, along with FilmEngine’s Tyler Mitchell and Anthony Rhulen and producer Robert Kravis.

This film is an “edge-of-your-seat thriller that will surely appeal to a broad audience,” said Harvey Weinstein.

Deal comes on the heels of a Weinstein pact with Ascendant and VIP Medienfonds to pick up rights to sci-fi pic “Outlander.”

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