Thesps sign on to psychological thriller

Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany will star in “Born,” a psychological thriller that Guillermo del Toro, Lawrence Gordon and Lloyd Levin will produce, and horror vet Clive Barker will exec produce.

Daniel Simpson will direct the project, which revolves around a couple who settle down in a seemingly idyllic English town to raise a family. Their perfect life is shaken when the husband, a claymation artist, discovers his characters are acting out a nightmare that comes to life.

Simpson penned the script with Barker and Paul Kaye.

Stop-motion animated sequences, produced by Chiodo Bros. Prods. (“Elf,” “Team America”) will be integrated into the pic.

Steve Lanning and Cliff Lanning are producers on “Born,” which starts production in mid-August in the U.K.

Pic is the first project to be birthed by Los Angeles-based finance and production shingle ClearVision Media Production Group, which is looking to produce independent features and TV shows.

Melissa Wegman is prexy and CEO of the company. Exec roster also includes former Dimension production exec Louis Spiegler, as senior VP of motion picture production and development; and Sarah Wexler, VP of acquisitions, development and production.

Connelly wrapped “Reservation Road,” opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo for Focus Features, while Bettany completed “Inkheart,” which stars Helen Mirren, Brendan Fraser and Andy Serkis.

Del Toro, Gordon and Levin are in production on “Hellboy II” for Universal.

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