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BERLIN -- Jim Jarmusch has enlisted past collaborators Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton along with Gael Garcia Bernal for his upcoming thriller "The Limits of Control," sources said Tuesday.

The Spain-set road movie, which will be distributed in the U.S. by Focus Features, stars Isaach De Bankole. Veteran French actor Jean-Francois Stevenin has also come on board.

The movie centers on a mysterious loner as he attempts to complete a criminal job. The film, scheduled to shoot this month on Jarmusch's own script, is lensing in Madrid, Seville and Almeria.

A PointBlank Films production, "Control" is produced by Gretchen McGowan and Stacey Smith and executive produced by Jon Kilik.

The film will include a series of star cameos. Javier Bardem and Roman Polanski had been rumored for appearances but are understood not to be involved. Chinese star Zhang Ziyi ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") also has been mentioned for a role.

"Control" marks the third teaming between Jarmusch and Murray after "Coffee and Cigarettes" and "Broken Flowers," a commercial hit for the duo by art house standards. Swinton, who stars in the Berlinale competition title "Julia" from Erick Zonca, also appeared in "Broken Flowers" along with Sharon Stone, Jessica Lange, Chloe Sevigny and Julie Delpy.

Bankole is a Jarmusch regular, having appeared in "Night on Earth," "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" and "Coffee and Cigarettes."

Focus Features International, which is selling the film at the European Film Market, did not return calls by press time.
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