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Castle Rock nabs Duncan for ‘Green Mile’

He'll star alongside Hanks in prison drama

HOLLYWOOD — Michael Clarke Duncan is segueing from helping to save the world in “Armageddon” to saving Tom Hanks in Castle Rock Entertainment’s “The Green Mile.”

Duncan plays John Coffey, a death row inmate accused of murdering two small children. Hanks plays a prison guard, Paul Edgecombe, who befriends Coffey on discovering that he may possess strange powers.

The pic, which is being written and directed by Frank Darabont, is based on a six-part serialized novel by Stephen King. Darabont and David Valdes (“A Perfect World”) are producing.

Darabont’s previous prison drama, “The Shawshank Redemption,” also was based on a King novella. That Castle Rock pic, which starred Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman, garnered seven Oscar nominations.

Also starring in “Green” are David Morse, Bonnie Hunt, James Cromwell and Graham Greene.

Castle Rock prexy Martin Shafer and prexy of production Liz Glotzer announced Duncan’s casting.

Aside from the explosive “Armageddon,” which comes out in the U.S. on July 1, Duncan’s credits include “Bulworth” and “The Player’s Club.”

He is repped by the Tyler Kjar Agency’s Brandon Kjar.