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Pepper packs in pic pair

Two Louisiana shoots loom before 'Ranger' role

Before he heads off to film “The Lone Ranger” with Johnny Depp, “True Grit” star Barry Pepper will squeeze a pair of pics into his schedule: Thesp has boarded New Regency’s “Broken City” and is in final negotiations to join Summit’s action thriller “Snitch.”

Both movies are filming simultaneously in Louisiana — “Broken City” in New Orleans and “Snitch” in Shreveport.

Allen Hughes is directing “Broken City,” which stars Mark Wahlberg as a Brooklyn detective hired by a powerful politician (Russell Crowe) to identify his wife’s lover, who is subsequently found and killed. Pepper will play a mayoral candidate running against Crowe’s character.

Ric Roman Waugh is directing “Snitch,” which stars Dwayne Johnson as a suburban father who’s forced to become an informant for the DEA to get his teenage son out of a 10-year jail sentence. Pepper will play a DEA agent who Johnson works under while trying to gather evidence against a drug dealer and his distributor.

Catherine Zeta-Jones co-stars in “Broken City,” while Susan Sarandon co-stars in “Snitch.”

Written by Brian Tucker, “Broken City” is being fully funded by Emmett/Furla Films. New Regency is producing with Randall Emmett, George Furla, Stephen Levinson and Wahlberg. 20th Century Fox is on board to distribute.

“Snitch” is being co-financed by Exclusive Media, Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi. Exclusive is producing the Justin Haythe-scripted pic with Johnson and his producing partner Dany Garcia, as well as Frontline’s David Fanning.

Pepper won an Emmy for his portrayal of Bobby Kennedy in ReelzChannel’s miniseries “The Kennedys.” Thesp, who has co-starred in “Saving Private Ryan,” “The Green Mile” and “25th Hour,” will soon be seen alongside Javier Bardem as a priest in Terrence Malick’s next film.

Pepper is repped by The Kohner Agency and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

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