‘Night’ watch for thesps

Downey, Donovan, Daniels are in 'Luck'

Robert Downey Jr., Ray Wise, Frank Langella, Jeff Daniels and Tate Donovan have joined the cast of George Clooney’s sophomore directorial outing, “Good Night. And Good Luck.”

Also in the cast are David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson and Clooney. Principal photography has begun on the pic, the story of broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and his on-air confrontations with Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

Producers are Section Eight, 2929 Entertainment and Participant Prods. Clooney wrote the film with producer Grant Heslov.

Executive producers are Steven Soderbergh, Ben Cosgrove, Jennifer Fox, Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban, Marc Butan and Jeff Skoll. Overseas co-production partners are Metropolitan Films of France, the U.K.’s Redbus and Tohokushinsha of Japan.

Warner Independent Pictures will distribute the film in the U.S., with plans for a May 2006 release. Foreign distribution is being handled by 2929 Intl., headed by Shebnem Askin.

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