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Mortensen making ‘Promises’ for Focus

Thesp joins mob for Cronenberg pic

Viggo Mortensen has signed on to star in David Cronenberg’s “Eastern Promises” for Focus Features and BBC Films.

Project, penned by Steve Knight (“Dirty Pretty Things”), is a London thriller that centers on a nurse investigating the identity of a Russian girl who dies in childbirth. The nurse stumbles into danger when she learns the woman was a prostitute involved in sex trafficking.

Mortensen plays a man caught up in the Russian mob.

Paul Webster is producing.

Mortensen recently completed work in “Alatriste” opposite Elena Anaya. He last starred in New Line Cinema’s “A History of Violence.”

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