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Thesp moves ‘East’ for Fox Searchlight

Hounsou to visit Sheridan's 'Harlem'

HOLLYWOOD — Djimon Hounsou (“Gladiator”) has been tapped to star in Fox Searchlight’s pic “East of Harlem” from helmer Jim Sheridan (“In the Name of the Father”).

Sheridan wrote the semiautobiographical script, which he will produce with Arthur Lappin through their production company, Hell’s Kitchen. Paul Myler is co-producing. The $10 million pic is skedded to begin lensing this month in Dublin and New York.

Hounsou will play a troubled Harlem-based artist who befriends an Irish immigrant who moves to Gotham with his wife and daughter to chase his acting dream ( Daily Variety, July 2). Hounsou will appear opposite Paddy Considine in the romantic drama.

Hounsou received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad.” He appears in helmer Shekhar Kapur’s upcoming Miramax/Paramount film “Four Feathers” with Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley and Kate Hudson.

Born in Benin, West Africa, Hounsou, repped by Brillstein-Grey and ICM, spent his teenage years in Paris. He is currently in France shooting helmer Alain Berberian’s action-thriller “Le Boulet” (Dead Weight) from producer Thomas Langmann.

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