Gang of 11 ready to feel urban 'Wrath'

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Wilmer Valderrama, Laurence Fishburne, Amber Valletta, Lupe Ontiveros, Jesse Garcia and rapper Kurupt will star in Celia Fox's urban gang thriller "Days of Wrath."

The film, which began principal photography Wednesday in Los Angeles, revolves around a wide group of interconnected Los Angelenos who struggle to survive as a war between a Latino and black gang ravages the city. Valderrama plays Daniel, a thug who sets off the gang war after stealing a rapper's car and accidentally killing the mother of his own Latino gang's kingpin (Garcia).

Fishburne plays a teacher, mentor and voice of reason to the warring gang members. Ontiveros plays the kingpin's grandmother.

Rounding out the ensemble cast of the indie feature are Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Ana Claudia Talancon and rap artists David Banner, Rick Ross and Stavye "Slim Thug" Thomas.

Morgan plays a ruthless TV producer romantically involved with his anchorwoman (Valletta) who sends his correspondent (Talancon) and her cameraman (Kurupt) into the crossfire. He seeks to exploit the turmoil for ratings even after discovering that the murdered woman is his ex-lover and the kingpin is his son. Banner, Ross and Thomas play members of the black gang.

First-time feature director Fox wrote the 2003 Anna Nicole Smith vehicle "Wasabi Tuna." She penned "Wrath" with Mitchell Kapner ("The Whole Nine Yards") and Michael Markee.

Fox is producing "Wrath" under her Foxy Films banner with the film's editor, Michael D. Schultz, and Marie Cantin ("The Waterdance"). Damien Douglas and Horace Madison of Mandalay Alliance Entertainment serve as executive producers.

Valderrama and Talancon recently starred in "Fast Food Nation." Fishburne appeared in "Mystic River" and "Akeelah and the Bee." Ontiveros starred in "Real Women Have Curves," and Garcia starred in "Quinceanera." Valletta appeared in "Hitch," and Morgan appears in the upcoming "Live!"
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