Ledes hooks trio for whistleblower pic

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NEW YORK -- Freshly minted Tony Award winner Frank Langella, Elliott Gould and Laura Harring will star in Richard Ledes' corporate thriller "On the Hook."

Langella, who won a Tony on Sunday night for his role as Richard Nixon in "Frost/Nixon," will play an energy company whistleblower who hires a private eye (Gould) to protect him from killers and tell his story. Harring plays his jazz singer ex-girlfriend.

The indie feature is produced by Linda Moran and Rene Bastian for Belladonna Prods. from a screenplay by Alan Didier-Weill and Ledes. It will shoot beginning in New York next week and wrap July 27, accommodating Langella's theater schedule.

"Hook" is Ledes' sophomore feature. He wrote and directed the comedy "A Hole in One" starring Michelle Williams and Meat Loaf, which received a limited theatrical release last year.

Langella starred in the Sundance Film Festival entry "Starting Out in the Evening," which was just acquired by Roadside Attractions for theatrical release in November. Gould appears in Warner Bros.' "Ocean's Thirteen." Harring starred in David Lynch's "Mulholland Dr." and will appear in the upcoming films "Bitter Grapes," "Nancy Drew" and "Love in the Time of Cholera."

Langella is repped by Innovative Artists. Gould is repped by APA. Harring is repped by Paradigm.
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