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Brody dons ‘Jacket,’ Warner Indie eyes pic

'Pianist' thesp will play a soldier convicted of murder

Oscar winner Adrien Brody is set to star in “The Jacket,” a Mandalay Pictures/Section Eight drama to will be directed by John Maybury (“Love Is the Devil”). George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh and Peter Guber will produce.

Project is expected to become one of the early efforts of Warner Independent Pictures, the specialty shingle hatched under Mark Gill. Details are still being ironed out for the studio to acquire North American distribution rights to the film.

Brody, who won the Oscar for “The Pianist,” will play a soldier who has been convicted of a murder. He’s put into a psychiatric hospital under the care of a shady physician, and the soldier begins to believe he is travelling through time. Marc Rocco and Massy Tadjedin wrote the script.

Brody will do the film after he stars in M. Night Shyamalan’s next pic, “The Woods.” Brody surfaced as a possible star when Mark Wahlberg exited the film earlier this month.