De Niro to join Mel Gibson on ‘Edge’

Actor added to Martin Campbell-directed drama

Robert De Niro is near a deal to join Mel Gibson in Martin Campbell’s feature “Edge of Darkness,” for Graham King’s GK Films. Shooting begins this month in Massachusetts.

Gibson stars as Thomas Craven, a straitlaced homicide detective for the Boston Police Dept. and single father whose 24-year old daughter is murdered on the steps of his home. The cop assumes he was the target, but his investigation leads in another direction and uncovers his daughter’s secret life, a corporate cover-up and government collusion.

De Niro will play Darius Jedburgh, an operative sent to clean up the evidence.

Pic will be the first that Gibson has toplined since “Signs” and “We Were Soldiers” in 2002 (Daily Variety, April 29, 2008). Scripted by William Monahan, the drama is an adaptation of a 1985 BAFTA-winning six-hour BBC miniseries that Campbell also directed.

King is financing the picture and has received a SAG waiver. He will produce with Michael Wearing, who served in that capacity on the mini. The BBC is also producing.

Deal marks the first for Endeavor since signing De Niro, who recently completed “Everybody’s Fine” and will next be seen starring with Al Pacino in the Jon Avnet-directed “Righteous Kill.”

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