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Duo punches into ‘Knockout’ cast

McGregor, Douglas join Soderbergh's action thriller

Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Michael Fassbender are joining the cast of Stephen Soberbergh’s action-thriller “Knockout” opposite martial arts champ Gina Carano.

Deals have closed for McGregor and Fassbender (“Inglourious Basterds”) while Douglas is in talks.

Relativity Media’s fully financing with Lionsgate distributing domestically and representing the film internationally. Gregory Jacobs and Ryan Kavanaugh are producing with Tucker Tooley exex producing.

“Knockout,” seen as a project in the vein of “La Femme Nikita,” marks the screen starring debut of Carano, who had been the only announced cast member when Lionsgate made its distribution deal at the Toronto Film Festival. She’s portraying a top-level private security operative, who’s convinced she has been betrayed by her boss and the government and goes on the run to prove her suspicions are true.

Script was written by Lem Dobbs, who previously worked with Soderbergh on “The Limey” and “Kafka.” McGregor will be seen next in Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer,” opening Feb. 9, and “I Love You Phillip Morris” with Jim Carrey opening in March. Soberbergh’s most recent project was “The Informant.”

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