Actor joins Cameron Diaz in horror film

Frank Langella will star with Cameron Diaz in “The Box,” a horror film to be directed by “Donnie Darko” helmer Richard Kelly.

The $30 million production is being bankrolled by Media Rights Capital.

Langella will play a stranger who presents a mysterious box to a woman.

Kelly wrote the script based on Richard Matheson short story “Button, Button” He is producing with Sean McKittrick of his Darko Entertainment shingle. Ted Hamm will be exec producer.

Pic starts shooting mid-November (Daily Variety, June 29). By then Langella will have wrapped the film version of “Frost/Nixon” for Imagine and director Ron Howard.

Langella won the Tony award for his work in “Frost/Nixon” on Broadway. In November, Roadside Attractions will release Langella’s “Starting Out in the Evening” which played at Sundance and Toronto.

MRC, which pays star salaries along with partial copyright ownership that gives talent a DVD windfall, also bankrolled “Babel” and Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Bruno.”

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