Akerman, Phillippe set for ‘Bang’

Duo to star in indie drama

“Watchmen” star Malin Akerman and Ryan Phillippe will star in indie drama “The Bang Bang Club,” set in apartheid-era South Africa.

South African documaker Steven Silver wrote the script based on a memoir by Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva and will direct.

Akerman will star as a photo editor of the so-called Bang Bang Club, four combat war photogs — Marinovich (Phillippe), Kevin Carter (Taylor Kitsch), Ken Oosterbroek and Silva — whose photographs captured the final bloody days of white rule in South Africa.

Film is a Canada/South Africa co-production and will be distributed worldwide by E1 Entertainment.

Foundry Films’ Daniel Iron (“Away From Her”) is producing alongside Out of Africa’s Lance Samuels and Adam Friedlander. Telefilm Canada, Ontario Media Development Corp., the Harold Greenberg Fund and Instinctive/Riot Entertainment are financing.

Lensing will begin next month in and around Johannesburg.

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