Three will take ensemble 'Powder'

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NEW YORK -- Patrick Swayze, Kris Kristofferson and Eddie Redmayne have joined Forest Whitaker, Jessica Biel and Ray Liotta in the ensemble drama "Powder Blue."

In writer-director Timothy Linh Bui's film, several Angelenos meet on Christmas Eve through chance, tragedy and divine intervention. Swayze will play the sleazy owner of the strip club where Biel's character performs. Redmayne will portray a mortician who falls in love with her.

Kristofferson will play the head of a corporate crime organization who tries to convince his former employee (Liotta) not to seek vengeance on his former co-workers. Whitaker, who also serves as a producer on the film, will play a suicidal ex-priest. Newcomer Alejandro Romero will play a transsexual prostitute who shares an unexpected bond with the priest.

The Collective, which is handling the domestic sale of the indie, negotiated the financing with Eleven Eleven Films and Grosvenor Park. The executive producers are Collective's Shaun Redick and Jeff Golenberg, along with Bill Block and Kimberly Fox of foreign sales agent QED International.

Whitaker is producing "Blue" through his Spirit Dance Entertainment with Eleven Eleven's Bobby Schwartz and Ross M. Dinerstein, Kundali Entertainment's Tracee Stanley-Newell and Bui. Eleven Eleven brought in new hedge fund Barbarian Films to co-finance the project.

The production-management firm the Collective has produced such projects as "Big Momma's House 2," "Are We Done Yet?" "The Nanny Diaries," HBO's "The Pimp Chronicles" and MTV's "Wild 'n Out."

Producer-financier Eleven Eleven has produced the features "Unknown" and "Deceit."

Swayze is repped by WMA. Kristofferson is repped by ICM. Redmayne is repped by CAA, Peters Fraser & Dunlop and manager Gene Parseghian of Parseghian/Planco.
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