Elba picks 'Bone' with Screen Gems

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CORRECTED 12:10 p.m. PT Dec. 18

British actor Idris Elba has joined the cast of Screen Gems' bank heist thriller "Bone Deep," playing a member of a group of bank robbers enlisted in pulling off a $20 million heist.

Rainforest Films co-founder and chair Will Packer is producing, with John Luessenhop directing. Luessenhop co-wrote the screenplay with Avery Duff, Gabriel Casseus and Peter Allen. Casseus also is an executive producer on the project.

Screen Gems president Clint Culpepper and senior vp production Scott Strauss will oversee the project for the studio.

The film stars Matt Dillon as Los Angeles Detective Jack Welles, a troubled workaholic who pursues the gang of robbers.

Elba is onscreen in Screen Gems' "This Christmas." His credits include "American Gangster," "28 Weeks Later" and "The Reaping."

He can next be seen in the Screen Gems remake of the slasher movie "Prom Night."

Elba is represented by ICM, Ken McReddie Associates and attorneys Fred Toczek and Derek Kroeger.
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