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Reynolds to helm, star in ‘Producer’

Lensing starts in LA this month

Burt Reynolds will direct and star in Bigel/Mailer Films and Kushner-Locke’s “The Last Producer,” which begins shooting in Los Angeles this month.

The ensemble cast includes Lauren Holly, Benjamin Bratt, Charles Durning, Ann-Margret, Joe Mantegna, Robert Costanzo, Gregg Gurman, Sean Astin and Robert Goulet.

The indie pic focuses on an aging, Willy Lomanesque producer trying to make his career-signature film before he’s set out to pasture by the young turks of Hollywood.

Reynolds, who was Oscar-nominated for his performance in “Boogie Nights,” has directed four features including “Stick” (1985), “Sharky’s Machine” (1981), “The End” (1978) and “Gator” (1976).

‘Producer’ producers

Latest pic is produced by Daniel Bigel, Michael Mailer and Vincent Cirrincione.

Bigel and Mailer’s previous credits include the James Toback films “Two Girls and a Guy,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Heather Graham, and the recently wrapped “Black and White,” starring Downey, Ben Stiller, Claudia Schiffer, Elijah Wood and Brooke Shields.

Cirrincione produced HBO’s “Introducing Dorothy Dandridge,” starring Halle Berry.

“To be producing a screenplay of this caliber, being directed by one of my idols with such a prestigious cast is the reason I got into this business,” Bigel said. “It’s really a dream project and we’re all very excited.”

The original screenplay was written by Clyde Hayes, who also penned the Robert Altman-helmed thriller “The Gingerbread Man.”

Kushner-Locke exec VP Phil Mittleman brought the project into KL.

Reynolds is repped by ICM’s Nick Styne and Andrea Eastman and manager Alan Margulies.