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Freeman to hit Affleck’s kidnap beat

Thesp in final talks to topline 'Gone'

Morgan Freeman is in final talks to star in “Gone, Baby, Gone,” the private eye-cop mystery that Ben Affleck is directing for Miramax Films.

Affleck, who adapted the Dennis Lehane novel, began shooting this week in Boston. Ed Harris, Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan were already inked to star.

Story revolves around two private investigators who furiously search for a kidnapped 4-year-old, who has disappeared in the seamiest part of Boston. Freeman and Harris play cops drawn into the hunt.

LivePlanet’s Sean Bailey is producing with Alan Ladd Jr. and Dan Rissner.

Among his upcoming projects, Freeman is set to reprise his role as God in Universal’s sequel “Evan Almighty.” He also stars in “The Contract.”

On June 9, Miramax will unspool basketball docu “The Heart of the Game,” one of the first pics acquired by Daniel Battsek after he took over the specialty arm. Other upcoming releases include “Once in a Lifetime,” “The Night Listener” and “Renaissance.”

Lehane also penned the tome “Mystic River,” which Clint Eastwood adapted for the bigscreen.

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