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Caviezel, McCormack, Dern, Briscoe board Bindley’s boat

Thesps join Lloyd in 'Madison' actioner

William Bindley has rounded up the rest of the cast for his action-adventure pic “Madison,” which he will direct from a script he co-wrote with brother Scott.

Jim Caviezel (“The Thin Red Line”), Mary McCormack (“Private Parts”), Bruce Dern (“The Haunting”), and Brent Briscoe (“A Simple Plan”) join Jake Lloyd (“Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace”) in the pic about a dying Indiana river town that finds renewed hope in its chance to host a prestigious hydroplane boat race.

One resident in particular, (Caviezel) has always dreamed of piloting the community-owned “Miss Madison” to victory in the Gold Cup race. The boat however, is badly in need of repair, especially if it is to compete against other corporate-sponsored entrants. As the race draws near, the underdog seaman and his family (wife and son played by McCormack and Lloyd, respectively) learn lessons about fighting for honor, integrity and survival. Briscoe will play a crew member, and Dern a heroic boat mechanic.

Carl Amari exec produces the 1971-set pic, which is based on a true story. Martin Wiley (“Chill Factor”) serves as producer through the Northshore Entertainment banner.

Bindley has recently completed David Seltzer’s (“The Omen”) gothic thriller “The Eighteenth Angel” for Rysher Entertainment starring Stanley Tucci, Rachael Leigh Cook and Maximilian Schell. The director also has set up “A Sporting Chance” at Fox for producer Danny Jacobson, and is in development on “Loose Balls” about the American Basketball Assn. for Lakeshore Entertainment.

Dern, with a long roster of film credits, was nominated for an Oscar for his role in 1978’s “Coming Home.” Briscoe appeared in Oliver Stone’s “U-Turn” and Billy Bob Thornton’s “Sling Blade.”

“Madison” is currently lensing on location in Indiana.