Schreiber gets nod for ‘Candidate’ redo

'Fears' thesp will star in the role originated by Harvey

Liev Schreiber will join Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep in the Jonathan Demme-directed remake of “The Manchurian Candidate” at Paramount Pictures.

Schreiber will play the role originated by Laurence Harvey. He’s one of two hero soldiers who return from war unable to remember everything that happened to them. A brainwashing conspiracy unfolds.

Washington, who plays the other soldier, takes the lead originated by Frank Sinatra while Streep plays the Schreiber character’s mother, a role originated by Angela Lansbury in the 1962 John Frankenheimer-directed adaptation of the Richard Condon novel. The remake is being produced by Scott Rudin and Tina Sinatra from a script by Daniel Pyne.

Deal reunites Schreiber with Washington after they starred together in “The Hurricane.” Schreiber is about to play the title role in “Henry V” in New York’s Shakespeare in the Park. He’ll topline the play from July 15-Aug. 10 and shoot “Candidate” in September.

The WMA-repped Schreiber was last seen onscreen in “The Sum of All Fears.”

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