Bridges, Gyllenhaal, Duvall onboard for drama

Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall have signed on to star in the music-based drama “Crazy Heart” for CMT Films and Informant Media.

Scott Cooper wrote and will helm the film, which is based on the debut novel by Thomas Cobb. Story centers on a down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer (Bridges) who is able to get his life and career back on track through his relationship and experiences with a female reporter (Gyllenhaal).

Composer and producer T Bone Burnett will produce original music for the film and soundtrack. Duvall and Robert Carliner are producing via their Butchers Run Films banner. Judy Cairo, Cooper and Burnett are also producing. Bridges, Michael A. Simpson, Eric Brenner and Jeff Yapp exec produce.

Shooting is scheduled to start next month in and around Santa Fe, N.M.

CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks, produced “Broken Bridges” and “Dale.”

Indie film financing and production company Informant’s upcoming slate includes a biopic on soccer star and social activist George Weah, with Sunu Gonera (“Pride”) directing.

Bridges, who is currently onscreen in “Iron Man,” will perform original songs in “Crazy Heart.”

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