Arkin on 'Rendition' ballot


Alan Arkin is in final negotiations to join the cast of New Line Cinema's "Rendition," a political thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon and being directed by Gavin Hood.

Written by Kelley Sane, the multilayered story centers on a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) based in Cairo who finds his world spinning out of control after he witnesses the interrogation of a foreign national by the Egyptian secret police. Witherspoon will play the pregnant American wife of the national.

Arkin will play a senator who tries to help Witherspoon in her search for her missing husband. The investigation eventually threatens the senator's position in Washington.

Steve Golin is producing.

David J. Kanter, Keith Redmon and Michael Sugar are executive producing.

Toby Emmerich and Keith Goldberg are overseeing for the studio.

Arkin is riding high on buzz for his performance in the indie darling "Little Miss Sunshine" and appears in "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause." He is repped by Endeavor.