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Playwright to helm pic

Marsden, Speedman set to topline adaptation

Playwright Tony Piccirillo will make his feature directorial debut on indie pic “The 24th Day” — a screenplay he adapted from his Ovation Award-nominated play of the same name.

Play had its first run at L.A.’s Coronet Theater in 1996, with Noah Wyle and Peter Berg toplining. Now, James Marsden (“X-Men”) and Scott Speedman (“Felicity”) are set to star in the independently funded pic that will be shot in Philadelphia, with lensing to commence this week.

Nick Stagliano of Nazz Prods., the producer and director of “The Florentine,” and Lynn Apelle, 2001 Academy Award winner for the documentary “Thoth,” will produce, along with Brad Mendelsohn of Immortal Entertainment.

Storyline follows an HIV positive man’s desperate search for the truth about who infected him with the deadly virus. Convinced it was the result of a one-time homosexual fling, he holds the ex-lover captive in his apartment until his blood can be tested.

Piccirillo, Marsden and Speedman were repped in their deals by Endeavor, while Immortal Entertainment manages both Piccirillo and Stagliano.