Langella to star in ‘On the Hook’

Roadside nabs actor's 'Starting Out'

Frank Langella, who won the Tony for his role as Richard Nixon in “Frost/Nixon,” will star in “On the Hook,” an indie thriller being produced by Linda Moran and Rene Bastian.

Elliott Gould and Laura Harring have also been cast in the movie, which Richard Ledes (“A Hole in One”) will direct from a screenplay he penned with Alan Didier-Weill.

Moran and Bastian will produce the movie via their Belladonna Prods. shingle, which was behind indie pics “Transamerica” and “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.”

Separately, Roadside Attractions announced it had acquired worldwide rights to Andrew Wagner’s 2007 Sundance pic “Starting Out in the Evening.”

Langella toplines “Evening,” playing a writer who embarks on an unusual relationship with a young graduate student played by Lauren Ambrose. Lili Taylor also stars.

Distrib says it will release the movie in the U.S. in the fall, and make an awards-season push.

In “Hook,” Langella will play an energy-biz exec exposing his company’s practices with the help of a private investigator played by Gould.

Movie will shoot in Gotham this summer. Reps from “Hook” said Langella would shoot the film around his schedule for “Frost/Nixon,” which runs on Broadway until Aug. 19.

Langella, whose recent movie credits include “Superman Returns” and “Good Night, and Good Luck,” is also set to reprise the role of Nixon in Ron Howard’s bigscreen adaptation for Imagine.

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