Freeman, Willis star in espionage thriller

Helen Mirren has joined Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis in Summit Entertainment’s espionage thriller “Red,” based on the WildStorm/DC comicbook.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing, with DC exec Gregory Noveck as exec producer. Robert Schwentke’s directing the script by brothers Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber.

Summit acquired rights to “Red,” originally written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner, last year. The three-book series, published in 2003 and 2004, follows a former black-ops CIA agent who lives a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him.

“Red” is set to go into production in January in Toronto and Louisiana. Summit’s set a domestic launch of Nov. 19, 2010.

Mirren will next be seen opposite Christopher Plummer in Michael Hoffman’s “The Last Station,” a German-Russian co-production about the tumultuous final year of novelist Leo Tolstoy’s life.

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