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Malkovich saddles up for ‘Secretariat’

Diane Lane co-stars in horse-racing drama

John Malkovich is set to join “Secretariat,” the Randall Wallace-directed drama for Disney.

Malkovich will play Lucien Laurin, the former jockey who became the trainer of the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse. At the core of the film is the relationship between the horse and his owner, Penny Chenery (played by Diane Lane), a housewife who knew little about horse racing when she took over her ailing father’s Virginia horse farm.

Mayhem partners Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray are producing.

Malkovich most recently starred in the Coen brothers-directed “Burn After Reading” and Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling.”

He’s repped by WME.

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