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Malkovich Takes On "The Great Buck Howard"

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Malkovich has signed on to play the lead role in the comedy feature "The Great Buck Howard."

Sean McGinly is directing the film from his own script. McGinly also wrote and directed 2003's independent film "Two Days," which starred Paul Rudd ("The 40 Year Old Virgin") and Donal Logue (TV's "Grounded for Life").

"Howard" follows a luckless magician (Malkovich) and his assistant as they struggle to revive his career. Colin Hanks has already been cast as the assistant. Colin's real-life papa, Tom Hanks, is slated to play the assistant's disapproving father.

Kevin Kline had been in negotiations to star as the magician, but The Reporter didn't give any details on his departure from the project.

Malkovich can currently be seen in "Art School Confidential." He's got a slew of upcoming films, including the sci-fi fantasy epics "Eragon" and "Beowulf."

Filming will begin in late July for "Howard." According to IMDb, it will have a 2007 release date. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on May 25, 2006 1:03 PM
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