Cheadle set for ‘Sight’

NEW YORK — Don Cheadle has been signed to a co-starring role in the Steven Soderbergh-directed adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel “Out of Sight.”

He’ll co-star with George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez and Ving Rhames. The pic will start shooting in September in Los Angeles and is being produced by Jersey Films.

At the same time, Cheadle has had talks with Mandalay Entertainment about playing Grandmaster Flash in the film about Flash and Melle Mel and the beginnings of rap.

The pic will be written and directed by Steve James, and Peter Gilbert will serve as director of photography and produce with Avatar partners Emilio Estevez and Jonathan Brandstein. James and Gilbert did “Hoop Dreams.”

Cheadle was last seen in “Rosewood,” and co-stars in Fox’s Warren Beatty project “Bullworth” as well as the New Line film “Boogie Nights.”

Cheadle is repped by ICM’s Ben Press and managed by Kay Liberman and Lenore Zerman.

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