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‘Rock’ star gets a thrill

Screenwriter Scott Frank is set to make his directing debut on “The Lookout,” a dramatic thriller he scripted. Spyglass and Disney will finance and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will star. Shooting begins next spring in Canada. Best remembered as the long-haired kid on “3rd Rock From the Sun,” Levitt appeared in features including “Angels in the Outfield” and “10 Things I Hate About You,” but left the business to attend Columbia U. In “Lookout” he’ll be making his studio starring debut, after edgy roles in indie films “Manic” and the Gregg Araki-directed “Mysterious Skin.” The latter caught the attention of Frank, who wrote “Lookout” eight years ago. The script, which originated at DreamWorks, has long been considered one of the best unmade projects in town, and had at various times attachments from directors Sam Mendes and David Fincher and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling. Still, it never got going even as Spyglass stepped in as foreign partner. Then DreamWorks moved aside and Frank came in as director. After testing dozens of young actors, he found his protagonist when he glimpsed Gordon-Levitt in a trailer for “Mysterious Skin.”

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