Penn, Damon get Van Sant film on track

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Sean Penn is attached to play openly gay '70s politician Harvey Milk and Matt Damon is on board to play his killer, Dan White, in Gus Van Sant's long-gestating Milk biopic.

Producer Michael London and his Groundswell Prods. are financing the film, set to be produced by Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks from a script by Dustin Lance Black ("Big Love"). The filmmakers are in talks with a leading specialty division to launch the project.

Once a deal is finalized, the team behind the feature hopes to begin production in San Francisco as early as December.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have their own version of the story in development to which director Bryan Singer is attached.
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