Andrew Garfield to Star in Indie Drama '99 Homes' (Exclusive)

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Andrew Garfield is attached to star in 99 Homes, an indie drama that will be directed by Ramin Bahrani, the award-winning filmmaker behind Man Push Cart.

The script, which Bahrani wrote, tackles recent economic headlines and would see Garfield play a man who loses his home to foreclosure. Desperate, he eventually finds work with the real estate broker who took his house and soon is not only evicting homeowners but helping the man embezzle money from the government. While his financial worries disappear, his conscience begins to break him down.

Kevin Turen and Justin Nappi of Treehouse Pictures are producing. The company’s Juliet Berman is also involved. Treehouse was behind Bahrani’s most recent film, At Any Price, which starred Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron.

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The producers are now out to cast the part of the manipulative broker.

Bahrani, born in North Carolina, has shown a propensity for tackling the harder edges of life. Cart, about a former Pakistani rock star turned Manhattan street vendor, won several international awards and was nominated for three Indie Spirits. His follow-up, Chop Shop, focused on a street orphan working in an auto-body repair shop.

Garfield is coming off a successful appearance at Comic-Con, where he amusingly performed in character as Spider-Man to a roaring fanboy crowd. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set for a May 2, 2014, release.

Garfield is repped by CAA, Gordon and French in the U.K. and Sloane Offer.


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