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O'Toole competes in 'Curtain' laffer

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Peter O’Toole will star in “The Final Curtain,” a showbiz comedy to be produced by U.K. lottery franchise DNA Films.

O’Toole will play the nation’s favorite entertainer, who finds his supremacy threatened by a young maverick played by Aiden Gillen. When the American networks beckon, their rivalry spins out of control.

The $6 million pic will be directed by first-timer Patrick Harkins from a screenplay by John Hodge, whose credits include “The Beach,” “Trainspotting” and “Shallow Grave.” Producer is Christopher Young.

The film will be co-financed by Universal Pictures Intl., which has worldwide rights, and the Arts Council of England.

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