Shyamalan to direct film for 20th Century Fox

John Leguizamo has been cast in 20th Century Fox thriller “The Happening,” directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Pic stars Mark Wahlberg as a man who takes his family on the run when a natural disaster threatens to end the world. Leguizamo plays his best friend.

Lensing starts next month in Philadelphia. Fox has scheduled a worldwide release date of Friday, June 13, 2008.

Leguizamo also stars in Spike TV’s “The Kill Point,” an eight-hour original miniseries that debuts Sunday.

This fall, he appears in the screen adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel “Love in the Time of Cholera,” directed by Mike Newell and set to bow Nov. 16.

Also upcoming for Leguizamo is the release of indie “Where God Left His Shoes.” Written and directed by Salvatore Stabile, pic — which garnered buzz at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival — stars Leguizamo as a failed boxer struggling to find a job and apartment for his family on Christmas Eve in New York.

Leguizamo recently wrapped production on two independent films: “The Take,” directed by Brad Furman, and “The Babysitters,” written and directed by David Ross.

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