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Washington to topline ‘Titans’

Yakin attached to direct pic

Denzel Washington is in advanced talks to play the lead in the Jerry Bruckheimer-Disney project “Remember the Titans.”

Director Boaz Yakin (“A Price Above the Rubies”) is attached to direct the film, slated for a late September start date in Atlanta.

Set in Alexandria, Va., in 1971, “Titans” is based on a true story of the integration of two segregated high schools.

When school officials choose a black coach (Washington) to lead the newly integrated football team and a white coach to be his assistant, racial tensions rise. By film’s end, the coaches ultimately succeed in getting along while leading their tense team to a successful season.

“Titans” represents the first film under Bruckheimer’s Technical Black banner, a division devoted to less action-oriented fare.

Other films being developed under the banner are “The Veronica Guerin Story” and “On Earth,” an epic love story that takes place in the 1940s.

Chad Oman, prexy of Bruckheimer Films, will exec produce “Titans,” with Bruckheimer producing.

Disney exec on the project is Nina Jacobson, co-prexy, Buena Vista Motion Picture Group.

(Chris Petrikin contributed to this story.)

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