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Depp, Pacino, Newell team for TriStar’s ‘Brasco’

Director Mike Newell, Al Pacino and Johnny Depp have all committed to hammering out deals for TriStar Pictures’ “Donnie Brasco,” sources said.

“Donnie Brasco” is a true story about an FBI agent who infiltrates the mob and is based on the autobiographical book by Joe Pistone (alias Donnie Brasco). The book was adapted by Paul Attanasio.

Depp will star as Brasco while Pacino will take on the role of Lefty. If schedules can be worked out, Depp plans to segue next into Warner Bros. “Speed Racer,” which the studio wants to get before the cameras in October.

Meanwhile, Pacino is currently involved in production on Warner Bros.’ “Heat.”

Several parties – including Newell, Depp and TriStar – are waiting on the completion of the Pacino and Robert De Niro starrer, which is several weeks over schedule. “Heat” is expected to wrap next month.

“Donnie Brasco” has been long in the works and has gone through several incarnations over the years with actors John Cusack, Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Andy Garcia and directors Chris Menaul and Stephen Frears.

The project will be produced by Mark Johnson, Barry Levinson and Louis DiGiaimo, a casting director who found the project and brought it to Johnson.

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