Thesp joining Owen, Moore in 'Men'

Chiwetel Ejiofor has been set to star in the Alfonso Cuaron-directed “Children of Men,” as well as the Michael Almereyda-helmed indie “Tonight at Noon.”

Ejiofor, who just starred with Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster in the Spike Lee-directed “Inside Man,” first joins Owen and Julianne Moore in the futuristic “Children of Men.” He plays the leader of a radical political faction bent on controlling the future of the human race. Based on the P.D. James novel, pic is being produced for Universal by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman, and Hilary Shor and Tony Smith of Hit and Run Prods.

He’ll then join Connie Nielsen, Lauren Ambrose and Rutger Hauer in “Tonight at Noon.” Ejiofor plays two characters in an Almereyda-scripted pic about New Yorkers who experience random encounters that define their lives.

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