Tea Leoni, Nina Arianda join Brett Ratner's caper pic

Tea Leoni will star opposite Ben Stiller in Brett Ratner’s “Tower Heist,” from Universal Pictures and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment. Up-and-comer Nina Arianda also has joined the cast.

Already set to star are Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Gabourey Sidibe and Michael Pena.

Ratner will direct the caper pic from a script by Jeff Nathanson, who is rewriting the latest draft of Ted Griffin’s screenplay.

Grazer is producing with Karen Kehela Sherwood. Imagine’s Kim Roth is exec producing.

Storyline revolves around a team of overworked operations and maintenance workers at a Manhattan luxury highrise who stage an intricately choreographed heist of its penthouse tenant, a Wall Street capitalist who defrauded the rank-and-file staff of their pensions.

“Tower Heist” reteams Leoni with Universal, for which she appeared in “Ghost Town.” Her other bigscreen credits include “Family Man,” “Fun With Dick and Jane” and indie pic “You Kill Me.”

Arianda stars in several upcoming pics, including Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” Tom McCarthy’s “Win Win” and Vera Farmiga’s “Higher Ground.” Also a stage actress, she’s eyeing roles in several upcoming plays, including the Broadway run of “Venus” and “Born Yesterday.”

Leoni is represented by UTA and Mosaic; Arianda, ICM and Principato-Young.

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