‘Like a Man’ lands Swank

Pierce taking stab at directing

Hillary Swank is set to star in the feature “Take It Like a Man,” the directorial debut of Kim Pierce being produced by Killer Films and Hart Sharp Prods. of Gotham.

Production will begin in October on the pic, which tells the story of a Nebraska woman who lived as a man before being murdered. Zeitgeist Films is currently in theaters with “The Brandon Teena Story,” a documentary about the same person.

Swank’s previous film credits include “The Next Karate Kid” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Killer, whose principals are Pam Koffler and Christine Vachon, produced Todd Haynes’ “Velvet Goldmine” for Miramax and, together with Good Machine, produced Todd Solondz’s “Happiness.”

Hart Sharp, formed two years ago by Broadway producer John Hart and former development exec Jeff Sharp, is co-producing the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of “Chicago.” Its film credits include the upcoming “Dark Harbor,” directed by Adam Coleman Howard.

Swank’s deal was brokered by Kami Putnam and Karen Forman of Metropolitan Talent Agency and manager Ken Jacobson of James/Levy/Jacobson.

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