Turturro set for helm on ‘Illuminata’

CANNES — John Turturro will direct and star in “Illuminata” for Overseas Film Group/First Look Pictures, the company announced Sunday.

Overseas, which is financing the pic in a joint venture with Italy’s CD1, is in talks with Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken and Rufus Sewell to co-star in the project.

Overseas will handle the international rights with its domestic arm, First Look Pictures, releasing in the U.S.

CD1 will distribute in Italy. Overseas is in talks with JVC to distribute in Japan and Sogepaq for Spain.

Pic is slated to lens in July in Gotham. John Penotti’s Greenstreet Films will produce the project.

Turturro and Brandon Cole, who co-wrote “Mac,” will reunite to pen “Illuminata.”

“Mac,” which Turturro also directed and starred in, won the Camera d’Or at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.

Turturro’s thesp credits include “Box of Moonlight,” “Miller’s Crossing,” “Unstrung Heroes,” “Quiz Show,” “Barton Fink” and Cannes competition pic “The Truce.”

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