Columbus Short co-stars in Antal's heist thriller

Matt Dillon and Columbus Short have signed on to topline the heist thriller “Armored” for Screen Gems.

Story centers on an armored car guard (Dillon) who is persuaded by his veteran cohorts to empty the truck of its $10 million. Nimrod Antal (“Vacancy”) will direct from a James V. Simpson screenplay.

Shooting is scheduled to begin later this year.

Sam Raimi, Josh Donen and Dan Farah are producing, while Chris Lemos and Luis Guerrero are exec producing.

Screen Gems prexy Clint Culpepper and Eric Paquette will oversee the project for the studio.

Dillon’s recent credits include “Crash,” for which he received an Oscar nom, and “You, Me and Dupree.”

Short, who starred in “Stomp the Yard,” will next be seen in the upcoming Screen Gems film “This Christmas.”

Dillon will be pulling a double shift for Screen Gems as he landed the starring role in another heist film, “Bone Deep,” produced by Overbrook Entertainment. In “Bone Deep,” he will play a Manhattan detective who is pit against a young crew that specializes in elaborate heists.

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