'Miami Vice' actor cast in Balaguero's thriller

Spanish thesp Luis Tosar (“Cell 211,” “Miami Vice”) is attached to star in Spanish scaremaestro Jaume Balaguero’s thriller “Flatmate.”

Produced by Julio Fernandez’s mini-major Filmax Entertainment, the Spanish-language pic rolls in May in Barcelona. Filmax puts the budget at around E6.5 million ($8.9 million).

In “Flatmate,” Tosar will play a concierge in a Barcelona apartment building who knows all the details of the lives of the residents.

Filmax will distribute “Flatmate” in 2011 in Spanish theaters; Filmax Intl. is pre-selling the film outside Spain.

“‘Flatmate’ is Filmax’s main bet for the year,” said chairman Fernandez. “It teams the most successful actor at the Spanish B.O. with a local and internationally well-known helmer such as Balaguero, who’s going back to his roots of the 1999 ‘The Nameless.'”

Tosar is nommed for lead actor in Sunday’s Academy Goya Awards, Spain’s equivalent of the Oscars, for his role in prison thriller “Cell 211.” Balaguero broke through in the U.S. with “Darkness,” which was released by Miramax in 2004 and grossed $22.2 million Stateside.

His most recent film, the sequel “REC 2,” co-directed with Paco Plaza, grossed north of $7 million since its release last year in Spain and was sold worldwide. A U.S. remake of “REC,” “Quarantine,” was produced in 2008 by Screen Gems.

In ‘Flatmate,’ I wanted to go back to investigate the more sophisticated mechanics of the thriller and suspense genre. A script fell into my hands which allowed me to explore these elements to the maximum,” said Balaguero.

“Flatmate” is written by Alberto Marini, who co-penned with Balaguero his dark-humored 2006 horror TV movie “To Let.”

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