'Watchmen' thesp joins Sam Worthington in murder mystery

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Watchmen”) will star alongside Sam Worthington in murder mystery “The Fields,” with Michael Mann producing along with Michael Jaffe.

Morgan will star as a detective transplanted from New York, while the “Avatar” thesp will portray a local investigator probing a series of unsolved murders in industrial wastelands surrounding Gulf Coast refineries, where as many as 70 bodies have turned up over the past two decades. Together they wage a war against the unknown assailants.

“The Fields” — which was originally called “Texas Killing Fields” — will be directed by Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of Michael Mann, in a co-production between Bill Block’s QED Intl. and Mann’s Forward Pass shingle.

Screenplay’s by former DEA agent Donald F. Ferrarone.

Production is scheduled to begin April 5 in Louisiana.

Morgan will be seen next in Warner Bros.’ “The Losers,” an adaptation of the DC-Vertigo comicbook, as the leader of a group of black-ops commandos betrayed by their own government. “The Losers,” originally set for April 9, was moved to June 4 last week and now has been moved again, this time to April 23.

Morgan’s also starring as a landlord opposite Hilary Swank in Hammer Films’ thriller “The Resident” and in MGM’s remake of “Red Dawn,” slated for release on Nov. 24.

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