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Laurence Fishburne is in final negotiations to board Columbia Pictures' Vegas-set thriller "21."

Liza Lapira and Josh Gad also have joined the cast of the blackjack tale.

The film is based on Ben Mezrich's best-seller, "Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions." Fishburne will play a Vegas security chief who hunts down the group.

Jim Sturgess and Masi Oka already have boarded "21," which will be helmed by Robert Luketic.

Shooting is set to begin next month in Boston and Las Vegas.

Kevin Spacey, who also will appear in the film, is producing alongside Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca.

Sony's Elizabeth Cantillon and DeVon Franklin are shepherding for the studio.

Fishburne, whose recent film credits include "Bobby" and "Akeelah and the Bee," also is a theater veteran whose credits include "Without Walls and Fences." He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in "What's Love Got to Do With It."

He is repped by Paradigm, manager Helen Sugland and attorneys Jeffrey Finkelstein and Nina Shaw.

Lapira's TV credits include "NCIS" and "Huff." Gad, who next appears in the indie "Watching the Detectives," is repped by the Gersh Agency and manager Diane Perez.
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