Kyle Chandler joins ‘Broken City’

Allen Hughes directs political thriller starring Wahlberg, Crowe

“Super 8” star Kyle Chandler will join Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in Allen Hughes’ political thriller “Broken City.”

A co-production between New Regency and Emmett/Furla Films, pic will be distributed in the U.S. by 20th Century Fox.

Wahlberg stars as a Gotham detective hired by a powerful politician (Crowe) to identify his wife’s lover, who is subsequently found and killed.

Barry Pepper co-stars as a mayoral candidate, while Chandler will play the nuts and bolts component of his political team.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jeffrey Wright, Griffin Dunne, James Ransone, Justin Chambers, Natalie Martinez and Alona Tal co-star in the Brian Tucker-scripted film, which is skedded for release on Jan. 18, 2013.

Since breaking out in 2006 as Coach Eric Taylor on NBC’s “Friday Night Lights,” Chandler has been making a steady transition to the bigscreen. After supporting turns in Peter Berg’s “The Kingdom” and Scott Derrickson’s remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” Chandler landed the adult lead in J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8,” which just hit DVD last week. Thesp recently wrapped Ben Affleck’s political thriller “Argo,” in which he plays Hamilton Jordan, who served as the Chief of Staff to President Jimmy Carter.

Chandler is represented by The Gersh Agency and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.