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Rinko Kikuchi to star in 'Map'

Drama thriller written, directed by Isabel Coixet

NEW YORK -- Two years after "Babel" put her on the Hollywood map, Rinko Kikuchi soon could have a map of her own.

The Oscar nominee is in talks to star in "Map of the Sounds of Tokyo," a dual-identity drama written and directed by Isabel Coixet.

Spanish shingle Mediapro is producing the film, a Japanese-set dramatic thriller that centers on a fish-market employee who doubles as a contract killer.

Coixet, a Spanish director known for her weighty dramas, directed the specialty release "Elegy," the Ben Kingsley-Penelope Cruz academia romance which sported a $17,000 per-screen average in limited release this weekend.

The CAA-repped Kikuchi has undertaken a number of supporting roles since being nominated for "Babel." She has parts in Rian Johnson's con-man movie "The Brothers Bloom," which Summit is releasing in the fall, and the Weinstein Co.'s wartime romance "Shanghai."