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Costner to star in ‘Vote’

Stern to direct 'Swing'

Kevin Costner’s next film will be indie election comedy “Swing Vote,” directed by Joshua Michael Stern.

Story revolves around a single father thrust into the national spotlight when the presidential election comes down to his vote. Pic begins lensing in July.

“Swing Vote” will be the first project to come from Costner and producing partner Jim Wilson’s new shingle, Treehouse Films. An offshoot of their Tig Prods., Treehouse will produce film, television and online content produced fully by Costner. Tig will still exist for development of more studio-based projects.

“Treehouse will give me (the) opportunity to shepherd projects from the ground up, with the goal of aligning partners of a like mind,” Costner said. ” ‘Swing Vote’ fits right into that mold,” he added.

“Kevin wants to make sure he can control projects that are dear to him and may not fit within the traditional studio system,” said Wilson. “And he wants to make sure there is a model for that which makes sense.”

Stern’s only previous directing project was 2005 Toronto fest entry “Neverwas.” He’s directing a script he wrote with Jason Richman. Robin Jonas will produce.

Pic will be sold in Cannes.

Costner, repped by CAA and One Entertainment, next stars in “Mr. Brooks,” slated for a June 1 release.

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