Woody runs to ‘Walker’

Harrelson, Bacall, Thomas, Dafoe join Schrader pic

Woody Harrelson will play the title role in “The Walker,” a film Paul Schrader wrote and will direct in the U.K.

Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Ned Beatty, Moritz Bleibtreu, Willem Dafoe and Lily Tomlin round out the cast, and shooting begins next week.

Pic is produced by Deepak Nayar (“Bend It Like Beckham”), whose Kintop Pictures is partnered with Ingenious Media, Isle of Man, Parseghian Planco and Willi Baer. Pathe Pictures Intl. is selling overseas territories, and John Sloss is brokering the domestic deal.

Harrelson will play an escort of society ladies in D.C. Schrader said the character is his vision of what his “American Gigolo” protag would have become when he hit 50.

“His gifts are now more social than sexual. He’s this society walker who has his lady friends, and a boyfriend on the side,” Schrader said.

While Harrelson seems a surprise to play the gay lothario, Schrader said he had elements that made him ideal.

“His wittiness is the initial point of entry for the viewer into a story which takes a dark turn. This will be quite a transformation for him, from the hairpiece and his manner to the clothes he wears,” Schrader said.

Harrelson is in London completing his stage run in “The Night of the Iguana.”