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Thesps join Fleck’s ‘Half’

Helmer co-penning feature with producer Boden

NEW YORK — Ryan Gosling and Anthony Mackie will topline the indie pic “Half Nelson,” a feature adaptation of helmer Ryan Fleck’s Sundance-winning short film “Gowanus, Brooklyn.”

Drama — lensing this month in Gotham — follows a unique relationship between a white schoolteacher, his African-American student and a local drug dealer.

Pic is being helmed by Fleck, who co-penned the screenplay with Anna Boden. She is producing, along with Traction Media, the firm behind Lions Gate’s upcoming “Hard Candy.”

Mackie’s character in the pic was added to the feature version of the film after Fleck’s short, “Brooklyn,” was named the Sundance jury prizewinner in U.S. short filmmaking last year.

The thesp just wrapped “Freedomland” for helmer Joe Roth, and is readying to topline the Charles Fuller legit project “A Soldier’s Play,” which Norman Jewison directed as the Denzel Washington starrer “A Soldier’s Story.”

Gosling’s upcoming credits include Marc Forster’s “Stay” and “The Last Face.”

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