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Paul Walker has been set to star in the post-Katrina dramatic thriller “Hours.”

Eric Heisserer (U’s “The Thing” prequel), wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut.

Project is produced by Peter Safran though Safran Co., which is financing. “Hours” starts filming in March in and around New Orleans.

Walker will play a young father fighting to keep his newborn daughter alive in an abandoned New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina.

Walker starred in U’s “Fast Five” and toplined and executive produced the upcoming “Vehicle 19.”

Heisserer recently wrote WB’s “Final Destination 5.”

Safran Company just wrapped principal photography on Walker’s “Vehicle 19.”

Walker is repped by UTA and manager Matt Luber of Luber Roklin. Heisserer is repped by UTA and manager Julie Bloom of Artwork Entertainment. UTA Independent Film Group, which packaged the project along with Peter Safran, will represent worldwide rights to the film.