Hits keep coming for Rourke, Hill

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Mickey Rourke is going from taking hits in the ring to doling them out.

The Oscar nominee for "The Wrestler" is set to star in "St. Vincent" for Occupant Films and Secret Handshake Entertainment.

Rourke will play a hit man who returns to New York to complete a botched job. Masquerading as a priest, he finds himself hearing the confession of the man he is targeting.

Walter Hill, who directed Rourke in the 1989 gangster tale "Johnny Handsome," is helming the project, based on an original script by Cameron Young.

Production is slated to begin this year. Stuart Ford's IM Global is selling rights outside of North America, and ICM, which also reps Rourke and Hill, is handling North American rights.

Occupant's Keith Calder, Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino and Secret Handshake's Dena Hysell and Joe Gressis will produce.

Occupant most recently produced "The Wackness."

Secret Handshake's projects include the feature "A Little Help," in preproduction. (partialdiff)
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