Nu Image/Millennium picks up 'Leaves'

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Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss have signed on to join Edward Norton in "Leaves of Grass," a comedic thriller written and to be directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Tim Blake Nelson.

Nu Image/ Millennium Films will produce and finance the film, for which Keri Russell is in negotiations to hop aboard.

The announcement was made during an informal news conference at the Toronto International Film Festival attended by Norton, Nelson and producers Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson and Kristina Dubin.

Norton is portraying twin brothers, one an Ivy League philosophy professor and the other a brilliant small-time marijuana grower. The professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown for a doomed scheme against a local drug lord (Dreyfuss) that unravels his life. Sarandon plays the brothers' eccentric mother, and Russell plays a love interest.

Norton and Nelson are producing with Dubin, John Langley, Elie Cohn and Bill Migliore. Executive producers are Lerner, Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Stuart Blumberg and Eric Gitter.

Shooting is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 in Shreveport, La. (partialdiff)
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