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Judd has partner in ‘Crime’

'Spider' thesp to crawl again in Finder novel adaptation

NEW YORK — Morgan Freeman is in final negotiations to reteam with “Kiss the Girls” co-star Ashley Judd in “High Crimes,” a Fox and New Regency thriller that Carl Franklin will direct this fall.

The drama is based on a novel by Joseph Finder about a Harvard Law School professor forced to defend her husband in military court after the Army declares him a deserter and charges him with participating in a mass killing in El Salvador. She enlists the help of an ex-judge advocate attorney — the role Freeman is negotiating for. The film is produced by Lisa Henson, Janet Yang and Franklin’s producing partner, Jesse Beaton.

Sans Judd, Freeman reprised his “Kiss the Girls” investigator Alex Cross in the Lee Tamahori-directed sequel “Along Came a Spider,” and is also about to release the Stephen Hopkins-directed “Under Suspicion,” produced by his Revelations banner that will be released by Lions Gate in New York and L.A. on Sept. 22. Freeman stars in the Peter Iliff-scripted pic with Gene Hackman, Thomas Jane and Monica Bellucci.

He’s repped by William Morris.

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