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Duvall dances into ‘Tango’ underworld

Helmer brings private obsession to life

CANNES — Robert Duvall’s next directing assignment will be the thriller “Assassination Tango,” a long-cherished attempt by the actor/director to bring one of his private obsessions, tango dancing, to the bigscreen.

Duvall plans to helm the pic in New York and Buenos Aires next year. The Oscar winner is in Cannes to promote the soccer drama “The Cup,” which he will produce and star in for Seven Arts Intl.

In “Tango,” a hitman (Duvall) moves to Argentina after completing a job and becomes enthralled with tango dancing. Duvall said he hoped to evoke the “tango underworld” in the pic.

Duvall’s production company, Butchers Run Films, headed by Rob Carliner, will produce the pic.

Scottish football tale

Meanwhile, Duvall is prepping his role as Scottish football manager Gordon MacLeod for “Cup,” which Michael Corrente will direct. Pic will be a co-production between Butchers Run and Corrente’s Eagle Beach Prods. Alec Baldwin co-stars in the pic.

Lensing on “Cup” will begin in Scotland on July 25, once Duvall has completed a small role opposite Nicolas Cage in “Gone in 60 Seconds” for producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney.

Deals for “Cup” were put together by the William Morris Agency and attorney Irwin Tenenbaum.