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Carlyle takes on ‘Cowboy’

Messiah, Kanzaman to co-produce while Doyle directs

CANNES — Robert Carlyle has been cast to topline the offbeat Brit comedy “Das Cowboy,” the tale of a film shoot from hell.

Budgeted at $5.4 million, “Das Cowboy” is a 70-30 co-production between the U.K.’s Messiah Pictures, owned by former Monty Python-ite Terry Jones, and Spain’s Kanzaman, headed by Denise O’Dell and Mark Albela.

Pic will be directed by Julian Doyle, the second unit director and editor on all the Monty Python feature films.

Carlyle will play a B-movie horror pic scribe hired to write a spaghetti Western that ends up being di-rected by a bad, but cheap, German director (played by German actor Moritz Bleibtreu). It proves a disas-trous career move.

Ray Winstone (“Sexy Beast”) co-stars as the pic’s producer. Key cast is completed by Claire Forlani (“Meet Joe Black”), Spanish actress Elsa Pataky and Stacy Keach, who plays an old cowboy actor who is hauled out of a retirement home to star in the pic.

Terry Jones has a cameo role as a preacher.

“Das Cowboy” will begin shooting on location in Spain on May 28.