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Snipes, Lawrence join ‘Havana Heat’

Thesps to star in indie actioner

Joey Lawrence, Wesley Snipes and Michael Dudikoff will star in indie actioner “Havana Heat,” shooting in November for Tayrona Entertainment Group, Maandi Media Entertainment and Empire Film Group.

Havana Heat” centers on a Homeland Security agent based at Guantanomo who’s murdered while undercover in Havana, where betrayal and intrigue take place against a backdrop of crumbling colonial architecture and vintage American cars.

Tayrona plans to release “Havana Heat” next summer.

Dean Hamilton (“Blonde and Blonder”) is directing. Tayrona’s James Ordonez and Ken Gord produce along with Dan Meachum of Maandi; Jose Antonio Ruiz-Diez and Sheila McCarthy of Tayrona are exec producers.

Mixed martial arts fighter Heath Herring is also starring with Latin American thesps Zulay Henao (“Fighting”), Lorena Rincon (“Stuck”) and Raul Julia-Levy (“Epoch”) plus Bollywood star Nicholas Brown (“Kites”).

Tayrona previously announced that it’s partnering with Snipes’ production banner Maandi Media Entertainment to produce the 3D family action adventure film, “Chronicles of the Mayan Tunnel,” with shooting to start next spring.

Tayrona execs have indicated they’re aware of Snipes’ legal issues — he’s been convicted of failing to file federal income tax — and expressed confidence that the matter will be resolved positively.

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