Thesps will ‘Breathe’ in

Lee set to helm 'Air'

Brendan Fraser, Andy Garcia, Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Emile Hirsch are teaming to star in the indie crime drama “The Air I Breathe” for helmer Jieho Lee.

Pic — set to start shooting Saturday in Mexico City — tells five different stories that intersect and center on the ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones — happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. Lee also wrote the script with Bob DeRosa.

Producing “Air” are Nala Films principals Emilio Diez Barroso and Darlene Caamano, along with Paul Schiff through his Paul Schiff Prods. Tai Duncan and Christopher Pratt are exec producing. Nala Films is financing the $10 million budget.

Nala recently produced the relationship comedy “After Sex.” Nala’s Caamano is attached to exec produce “Dan in Real Life” at Universal starring Steve Carell.

Fraser starred in the Lionsgate ensemble drama “Crash.” Garcia recently finished his directorial debut, “The Lost City,” which Magnolia Pictures will distribute in April.

Bacon last starred on the bigscreen in “Beauty Shop.” Whitaker’s recent credits include FX series “The Shield.” Gellar is lensing “The Grudge 2” while Hirsch stars in the Sundance selection “Alpha Dog.”

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