'Twilight' actor joins Cage in indie comedy

Billy Burke (“Twilight”) will co-star in the indie comedy “Drive Angry” alongside Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner and Amber Heard.

The Millennium/Summit Entertainment film is produced by Michael De Luca. Patrick Lussier will direct from a script he wrote with Todd Farmer. Production begins next month in Shreveport, La., with a Feb. 11, 2011, release date set.

Story centers on a tough-as-nails man with a mysterious past racing through the desert in pursuit of the man who killed his daughter and kidnapped his daughter’s child. Burke portrays a charismatic cult leader whose nefarious influence leads to kidnapping and murder.

Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort and Rene Besson will exec produce along with Avi Lerner and Trevor Short via their Millennium Films banner.

Burke will be in the next “Twilight” installment, “Eclipse,” which opens in June. He also stars in the upcoming TNT series “Rizzoli and Isles.”

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