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Harnett is ‘Wicker’ man

Boyce-penned thriller a 'L'Appartement' remake

Josh Hartnett has signed to star and Paul McGuigan (“Gangster No. 1”) to direct “Wicker Park,” an English-language remake of the 1996 French-lingo “L’Appartement,” for Lakeshore Entertainment.

Lakeshore chairman-CEO Tom Rosenberg and president Gary Lucchesi are producing “Park,” which is expected to start shooting in October. MGM will release the pic domestically, with Lakeshore Intl. handling foreign distribution.

Penned by Brandon Boyce, “Park” is a psychological thriller about a man’s obsessive search for a lost love that ends up uncovering the twisted machinations of an eccentric secret admirer.

“Josh is a remarkable young star with extraordinary charisma and talent,” says Rosenberg.

Added Lucchesi: “Paul’s film ‘Gangster No. 1’ elevated the thriller genre with his innovative style and provocative performances. We could not have dreamed of a better team to bring this complex and sexy thriller to the screen.”

The 1996 Gilles Mimouni-directed “L’Appartement,” which starred Vincent Cassel, Monica Bellucci and Romane Bohringer, won a BAFTA for foreign-language film, and French Cesar nominations for Mimouni and Bellucci, but was never released in the U.S.

Hartnett, repped by Iris Burton, manager Nancy Kramer and attorney David Weber, recently starred in “40 Days, 40 Nights” and “Black Hawk Down.”

McGuigan’s soon-to-be-released “Gangster No. 1” stars Paul Bettany, Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis and Saffron Burrows. The ICM-repped McGuigan recently completed “The Reckoning” for Paramount Classics.

Lakeshore’s slate includes “The Human Stain,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman, Ed Harris and Gary Sinise. Pic, now shooting under helmer Robert Benton, will be released Stateside by Miramax.

Other projects include the actioner “Underworld, co-written by Danny McBride and Len Wiseman starring Kate Beckinsale to be released in the U.S. by Screen Gems.

Lakeshore Intl. is also repping foreign distribution rights on the Cruise/Wagner production “Suspect Zero,” starring Aaron Eckhart and Ben Kingsley; and the William Friedkin-directed suspense drama “The Hunted” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Benicio del Toro, to be released by Paramount this fall.