Wilkinson, Belushi round out cast of thriller

Tom Wilkinson and Jim Belushi round out the cast of Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost.” Lensing on the thriller based on the Robert Harris novel of the same name is to begin Feb. 4 in Berlin.

Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams had been previously announced as cast members.

Screenplay, penned by Harris and Polanski, centers on a former British prime minister who’s holed up on an island writing his memoirs when his aide drowns, triggering political and sexual intrigue.

Polanski’s producing along with Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde. Shoot will take place mainly at Studio Babelsberg.

Summit Intl., which has a longstanding relationship with Polanski and the producers, is repping the film for RP Prods. and has pre-sold “The Ghost” to Pathe in France; Kinowelt in Germany; Optimum in the U.K.; Rai Cinema in Italy; Acme UAB in the Baltic states; Dutch Filmworks in Benelux; and SPI Intl. in Eastern Europe.

A U.S. distributor has yet to be announced. ICM is representing North American rights.

Wednesday’s announcement came as an appeals court issued a stay on a hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court over Polanski’s request for a dismissal of his conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

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