‘Ryan’ to give Pepper a shake

Barry Pepper, seen in the upcoming Fox feature “Firestorm,” has been cast in DreamWorks/Par’s “Saving Private Ryan,” a World War II drama starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg.

Pepper plays a member of an elite squad of U.S. Army soldiers who go on a mission behind enemy lines to save the life of paratrooper James Ryan. The pic also stars Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns and Matt Damon. The pic is to begin shooting in July.

Pepper also had the lead role in the Canadian feature “Urban Safari” and a regular role on the series “Madison.” He also has appeared in the TV miniseries “Lonesome Dove” and “Titanic.”

Pepper was repped by Scott Wilson and Pearl Wexler at Paul Kohner Inc.

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