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Steve Buscemi has been cast in Andrew Haigh’s upcoming drama Lean on Pete, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Lean on Pete tells the story of Charley, a 15-year-old boy living with his single dad in Portland, Ore., who befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete. Buscemi will play Dell, the horse’s owner.
The film is being produced by The Bureau and Haigh’s regular producer Tristan Goligher, with the support of Film4 and the BFI.
Haigh is the director of the 2015 British romantic drama 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtney, and the upcoming TV movie Looking, set to air July 23 on HBO.
Buscemi, repped by WME and the Gotham Group, most recently appeared in Louis C.K.’s web series Horace and Pete and will be seen in the upcoming The Death of Stalin as Nikita Krushchev.
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Sterling K. Brown