Three click for indie 'Bang Bang Club'

Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman, Taylor Kitsch join pic

TORONTO -- Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch are set to headline director Steven Silver's indie drama "The Bang Bang Club."

The Canada/South Africa co-production about four young combat photographers capturing the final days of apartheid is being produced by Daniel Iron of Toronto-based Foundry Films and Lance Samuels and Adam Friedlander of Out of Africa Inc.

Phillippe will play Greg Marinovich, a photographer who, along with fellow cameraman Joao Silva, earned Pulitzers for their photos of the final bloody days of white rule in South Africa, and penned the book on which the film is based.

The true-life story of the four photographers, who became known as the Bang Bang Club, has an element of tragedy as one of them, Ken Oosterbroek, was killed by stray bullets in 1994 while in a battle zone, while another, Kevin Carter, committed suicide that same year.

E1 Entertainment picked up the world rights to the film, whose production in South Africa is set to wrap May 1.

The project marks the scripted feature debut for Silver, whose string of documentary writer-director include "The Last Just Man" and "Diameter of the Bomb."
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