Nivola, Alba join Cruise/Wagner production

Alessandro Nivola (“Grace Is Gone”) has been cast opposite Jessica Alba in the English-language remake of Hong Kong thriller “The Eye.”

Parker Posey also has boarded the project, which Cruise/Wagner Prods. is producing for Lionsgate.

Another newcomer is Paramount Vantage, which has signed on as a co-financing partner.

French helmers David Moreau and Xavier Palud are set to direct.

Storyline revolves around a woman who, after a cornea transplant, begins seeing disturbing images that send her on a quest to find out what happened to the eye’s original owner. Thai brothers Danny and Oxide Pang directed the original.

Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner persuaded Paramount to buy the remake rights in 2002. Lionsgate picked up the project out of turnaround from Par not long before Cruise and Wagner left the Melrose lot and set up shop at United Artists.

Producers are Cruise, Wagner and Don Granger.

In addition to “Grace Is Gone,” in which Nivola plays the brother of John Cusack’s character, Nivola recently wrapped “Goal II: Living the Dream,” David Auburn’s “The Girl in the Park” and Ridley Scott’s miniseries “The Company.” Past credits include “Junebug.”

Posey (“Superman Returns”) appears in the upcoming indie title “Broken English,” a 2007 Sundance entry directed by Zoe R. Cassavetes, and Warner Bros.’ comedy “Spring Breakdown.”

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