Eastwood to direct ‘Gran Torino’

Actor to star and direct film for Warner Bros.

Clint Eastwood will next direct and star in “Gran Torino” for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures. Pic is skedded for a December release.

“Torino” marks the first time Eastwood has appeared on screen since “Million Dollar Baby,” released in late 2004.

Details of “Torino” are being kept under tantalizingly tight wraps. Existence of the film, and Eastwood’s role, were only revealed on Tuesday when Warner quietly dated the movie for sometime in December.

Producers are Rob Lorenz, Eastwood’s partner at Malpaso Prods., and Billy Gerber. Exec producers are Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman at Double Nickel Ent.

It’s unclear when the movie will begin shooting, or if it has already begun production. Eastwood is known for quick production turnarounds.

“Torino” means Eastwood will be theaters twice in a short period with films he has directed. On Nov. 7, Universal and Imagine open Eastwood’s Angelina Jolie starrer “Changeling,” a child abduction drama.

Eastwood last directed companion films “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters From Iwo Jima.”

Also for Warner, Eastwood is set to direct Nelson Mandela pic “The Human Factor.” That project is in development.

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