Williams to haunt Scorsese's 'Shutter' for Par

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Michelle Williams is in final negotiations to play Leonardo DiCaprio's wife in Martin Scorsese's mystery drama "Shutter Island" for Paramount.

She joins Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley in the film, which was adapted by Laeta Kalogridis from Dennis Lehane's 2004 novel.

"Shutter" centers on two U.S. marshals (DiCaprio and Ruffalo) who travel to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. Havoc ensues as the two encounter a web of deceit, a hurricane and a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.

Williams will play the dead wife who haunts DiCaprio's character. Kingsley has been cast as the hospital's enigmatic chief physician who reluctantly plays host to the two marshals.

Shooting is set to begin in March.

The film is being produced by Phoenix Pictures, Scorsese's Sikelia Prods. and DiCaprio's Appian Way with Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fischer and Scorsese serving as producers. Kalogridis, Lehane and Louis Phillips are executive producing.

Williams, nominated for an Academy Award for her role in 2005's "Brokeback Mountain," will next appear in Fox's "The List" and writer-director Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York." She also is starring alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in Swedish director Lukas Moodysson's first English-language movie, "Mammoth," currently in production.

Williams is repped by CAA and attorney Ken Richman.

Carly Mayberry reported from Los Angeles; Gregg Goldstein reported from New York.
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