New Regency and Fox are on the verge of summoning more thesps to serve in the Gary Fleder-directed “The Runaway Jury,” with Gene Hackman circling a co-starring role and Dustin Hoffman courted for “Jury” duty.
John Cusack is already set to star as the jury foreman in a landmark case against a gun manufacturer. A search is on for the female lead, a role which appeared to be going to “Mulholland Drive” star Naomi Watts. She was never set and is looking at other options instead.
Pic is an adaptation of the John Grisham bestseller for which Regency paid $8 million years ago, with the film coming together and falling apart on two separate occasions. It began as a Joel Schumacher-directed drama that would have starred Edward Norton, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sean Connery; most recently, Will Smith and director Mike Newell were ready to do it until Grisham nixed that package. The film came back together with a flourish when Fleder, who just directed “Don’t Say a Word” for Regency and Fox, came aboard, followed by Cusack.
The CAA-repped Hackman’s deal appears imminent, though Hoffman’s participation is not yet a certainty.