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‘Pounds’ gains Dawson, Harrelson

Pair join Will Smith in Columbia Pictures drama

Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson are in final negotiations to star alongside Will Smith in Columbia Pictures drama “Seven Pounds.”

Grant Nieporte-penned screenplay centers on a guilt-ridden man who inadvertently falls in love while attempting to kill himself. Dawson will play a love interest who suffers from a serious heart condition. Harrelson will portray a motel attendant who becomes intrigued by his suicidal new tenant.

“The Pursuit of Happyness” helmer Gabriele Muccino will direct the pic, which Escape Artists and Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment are producing.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in February for a late 2008 release.

Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, James Lassiter, Smith and Steve Tisch are producing.

Dawson, who is shooting “Eagle Eye” opposite Shia LaBeouf, recently produced “Descent” under her Trybe Films producing banner. Her recent credits include “Death Proof,” the Quentin Tarantino-helmed half of “Grindhouse.”

Harrelson, who can be seen onscreen now in the Coen brothers’ “No Country for Old Men,” is shooting Stephen Belber’s comedy “Management” alongside Steve Zahn and Jennifer Aniston.

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