Terrence Howard, Mike Epps, Paula Patton to Star in Crime Thriller '.38' (Exclusive)

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From left: Terrence Howard, Paula Patton, Mike Epps

The thriller is expected to begin shooting in May in Georgia.

Terrence Howard, Mike Epps and Paula Patton will star in .38, a crime thriller to be directed by Michael Carney.

Armory Films' Tim Zajaros and Christopher R. Lemole, who were involved in the making of Sundance sensation Mudbound, is producing Anita Gou and Matthew Malek of Foxtail Entertainment. David Guillod and Mark Burg from Primary Wave Entertainment are also producing.

The thriller is expected to begin shooting in May in Thomasville, Ga.

Described as a sort of End of Watch-meets-Crash, .38 tracks a rookie cop on the mean streets of St. Louis as he spends his first night on the job and, after a brutal killing occurs, sees up close the bonds of loyalty, work and family that bind together the cops, both black and white.

Howard will play a detective whose daughter goes missing on the fateful night.

Epps will portray a seasoned cop who has a family connection to a neighborhood gang leader and who doesn’t think much of the rookie.

Patton, who is in negotiations for the movie, will play Epps’ partner, who has to console the daughter of a murdered man but then joins other cops as they track down the killer.

Carney, who has the Greg Kinnear-Renee Zellweger drama Same Kind of Different as Me in the can, wrote the script with Tim Clemente and and Alexander Foard.

Howard, who was one of the stars of 2004’s Oscar-winning Crash, currently toplines Fox's Empire, the hit show from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. He is repped by CAA and Loeb & Loeb.

Epps recently wrapped shooting Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake opposite Bruce Willis. He is repped by CAA, Primary Wave and Morris Yorn.

Patton’s recent credits include Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol with Tom Cruise, Legendary’s Warcraft and The Do-Over with Adam Sandler. She is repped by CAA, Primary Wave and Sloane Offer.

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