Russell on high horse at D’Works

Father-son drama to lens in September for 2005 release

Kurt Russell has been cast as the lead in the “Dreamer.” DreamWorks picked up the project, directed by tyro helmer John Gaitins, from Warner Bros., where it was in turnaround.

Shooting will begin in September for a 2005 release.

The father-son drama concerns a down-on-his-luck trainer who restores the prestige of a once-prizewinning racehorse while restoring the faith and commitment of his family and friends. Russell will play the father. DreamWorks is currently out to thesps to play the 11-year-old son.

Mike Tollin, Brian Robbins and Hunt Lowry are producing.

Gatins wrote the script for “Coach Carter.” Par just wrapped that pic about a controversial high school basketball coach. He also wrote “Hardball,” based on the book by Daniel Coyle, for Par. Both “Hardball” and “Coach Carter” were produced by Tollin/Robbins.

Russell most recently played another inspirational leader: the coach of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team in Disney’s “Miracle.”

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