Canadian actioner grabs Sutherland

Actor join Gleeson in 'McLean Boys'

Donald Sutherland and Brendan Gleeson are attached to star in “The McLean Boys,” a fact-based historical actioner about a gang that ran rampage in 19th-century British Columbia. Charles Martin Smith (“Stone of Destiny”) will direct.

Sutherland will play Donald McLean, a fur trader and explorer for the Hudson’s Bay Company, father of outlaw and outcast Allan McLean, leader of the notorious McLean gang.

The gang, which also comprised his two brothers, lived by banditry and violence. The members were hung in 1881 after resisting arrest and nearly inciting a Canadian uprising.

Gleeson will play a justice of the peace and friend of Donald McLean leading a posse to capture his sons.

Casting of the three McLean brothers is still under way.

Pic is being co-financed by Canada’s Soapbox Prods. and Minds Eye Entertainment, with Canadian TV producer Nick Orchard making his debut shepherding a feature film.

The screenplay is penned by Canada’s Ian Weir (“Dragon Boys”).

The Little Co. is starting pre-sales on “McLean” in Cannes.

Shooting is scheduled to start on Canadian locations in July.

Smith, who’s also a well-known character actor, also directed “Air Bud,” “Snow Walker” and TV movie “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which launched the TV series.

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