Charlie Sheen, Whoopi Goldberg Starring in ‘Nine Eleven’ Drama (EXCLUSIVE)

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Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg are starring in the independent action-drama “Nine Eleven” with shooting starting Monday, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Nine Eleven,” directed by Martin Guigui from script he co-wrote with Steven Golebiowski, depicts five individuals trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and their struggle to survive. Luis Guzman, Wood Harris and Olga Fonda have also been cast.

“Nine Eleven” will be shot entirely at Thunder Studios in Long Beach, Calif. Thunder Studios is co-producing with Sprockefeller Pictures, Vitamin A Films and Sunset Pictures. Producers are Martin Sprock, Dahlia Waingort and Warren Ostergard. Sheen’s manager and industry veteran Mark Burg will serve as executive producer, along with Thunder Studios CEO Rodric David and Ryan Johnson.

“We are immensely grateful to bring this inspirational story to life. ‘Nine Eleven’ is a highly emotional journey and it took a dynamic bunch to collectively come together to make this unique film happen,” said Guigui. “We are fortunate to have such a gifted cast on board. Both Charlie and Whoopi are native New Yorkers who strongly identify with this story.”

Sheen said, “I feel deeply connected to the material and I’m so excited to be working with my dear friend Whoopi Goldberg.”

Sheen most recently starred in the FX series “Anger Management.” Goldberg, who cohosts “The View,” appeared in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

Burg was a producer on the “Saw” franchise. Ostergrad’s credits include “7 Below.” Guigui directed “Cattle Call” and “Swing.”

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  1. Sissywill says:

    I work for the studio where 9/11 was film i would like to ssy wait and see it before you judge yes the movie takes place on that horrible day but it is about five strangers coming together and trying to survive and save each other

  2. sordidmess says:

    Whoopi? Sorry, can’t watch that.

  3. Ty says:

    @Bellicose no that’s Whoopi. During the Oscars someone tweeted it saying it was Oprah and there was a ton of backlash. Learn to tell Black people apart.

  4. Bellicose says:

    That’s not a picture of Whoopi. Wow, that’s embarrassingly bad.

  5. Tati says:

    I am a widow of one of the people stuck in 9/11. I am very very upset no one has contacted me about this! So i don’t know how to track down these “producers” but if you do you can tell them I have no one Consent to capitalize on our families pain! Don’t do it.

    • Nobody cares. You’re entitled to nothing.

    • Guest says:

      Tati – why should they contact you or any other family member regarding this movie – Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg don’t care about the pain of the families or anyone who still suffer from it. The producers and these actors only care about money. I bitched at Whoopi on her Twitter page but she didn’t write back. I told her how could you make a movie about 9/11 when people are struggling in this country and still suffer severe pain from that horrible day

    • Cosmo Kramer says:

      I think art and movies can be a tribute in a sense that they can provoke empathy and reflection ; we don’t have to see them necessarily as entertainment objects – depends on how they are made of course.

      • Bellicose says:

        You try to act like you’re attentive yet didn’t even notice that’s a picture of Oprah Winfrey not Whoopi.

  6. Lois says:

    This is America, this all…I am glad and exciting, to have a new event, to distracted, why not?

  7. faduma says:

    Watch this be another muslim hating movie, cause an uproar and a lot of backlash for the muslim community. It will probably make everyone hate innocent muslims, and make shit a lot worse then it already is. Why can’t hollywood understand if you make a movie about something as important as 9/11 you have to get everyones perspective (ex: innocent muslims, muslims that were also affected by what happened and about the back lash). How about the amount of hate crimes against muslim women and men since 9/11? how about islamophobia?

    • David Hughes says:

      Why would it be another muslim hating movie? There are so many different stories within what happened on 9/11 and this would be an important story to tell. Movies don’t make people hate, stupidity and ignorance make people hate.

    • Benjamin says:

      I don’t see any muslims do pro american films !! besides it was the muslim idology that casue 9/11 so do not ever forget it !

    • stevehc1 says:

      “if you make a movie about something as important as 9/11 you have to get everyones perspective (ex: innocent muslims…)

      – No, *they* do NOT “have to get everyones (sp) perspective”. In the US our film and television production industries are (thankfully) not bound by such constraints that you seem to think should be “requirements.”

    • Cosmo Kramer says:

      Charlie Sheen believes in controlled demolition, so he’s probably gonna accuse muslims through this film .. we’ll see..

    • I’m fairly certain that there’s no way of doing a 9/11 film AND make terrorists look peaceful. You could do it as a comedy, like “life is beautiful”, but islamic radicals can’t be made as anything but the villains.

  8. JG says:

    Golebiowski worked for Rob Schneider for years. There’s gotta be room in that elevator for Deuce Bigelow!

  9. hasdibravo says:

    So who is Charlie Sheen playing? Larry Silverstein? You know he wants to. Can’t wait!

  10. Cecil B Da Mill says:

    Goldberg is a non starter

  11. The 9/11 reference seems gratuitous since “trapped in an elevator” isn’t exactly an original concept. Besides, if you wouldn’t want to be trapped in an elevator with Whoopi Goldberg and Charlie Sheen — and you know you wouldn’t — why would you want to watch a movie about being trapped in an elevator with them?

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