Tucker unearths DW's 'Ruins'

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Jonathan Tucker is heading for "The Ruins," DreamWorks' adaptation of the best-selling Scott B. Smith novel. Red Hour Films' Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld are producing along with Chris Bender.

Tucker will star as Jeff, a go-getter premed student, in the thriller about a group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when Jeff persuades them to accompany a fellow tourist on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins.

Smith wrote the screenplay.

Principal photography begins in late May in Queensland, Australia.

Tucker is coming off of back-to-back collaborations with Academy Award winner Paul Haggis. He starred in Haggis' NBC drama "The Black Donnellys" and appears in Haggis' latest feature effort, "In the Valley of Elah," in which he plays the AWOL soldier son of Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon. WIP is due to release the movie Sept. 21.

Tucker is repped by Endeavor, manager Booh Schut and attorney Steve Warren.
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