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Theron and Jones Eye "Crash" Director's New Thriller

Charlize Theron Charlize Theron and Tommy Lee Jones are in discussions to star in Paul Haggis' next feature film, the mystery thriller "The Garden of Elah," according to Variety.

"Elah" will serve as Haggis' directorial follow-up to his Academy Award-winning hit "Crash." This is a change of course for Haggis who was expected to first work on an adaptation of Richard Clarke's 9/11 expose "Against All Enemies."

"Elah" is the fictionalized version of a true story in which retired Army vet Lanny Davis is in search of his son, an exemplary soldier who recently returned from Iraq and has mysteriously gone missing. The story is based on an investigative article by Mark Boal in Playboy titled "Death and Dishonor," which told the true story about an officer-father who rejected the Army's claim of AWOL status for his son and discovered that he'd been murdered.

While cast and financing are being finalized, Jones is in talks to play the father and Theron is eyeing the role of a local police detective who helps him get to the bottom of his son's disappearance.

The studio (Warner Bros.) is aiming for a November production start. -- Shannon Nolley

Posted by Shannon on September 22, 2006 1:23 PM
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