'Barry Minkow' lands actor for title role

Justin Baldoni joins cast including James Caan

Justin Baldoni has been cast in the title role in the real-life story of "Barry Minkow."

Baldoni joins James Caan, Armand Assante, Mark Hamill and Ving Rhames in the bizarre story of a teenage entrepreneur running a successful carpet company, ZZZZ Best, who gets busted for running a Ponzi scheme. After experiencing a religious conversion in prison, Minkow becomes a pastor doing anti-fraud work with the FBI.

The screenplay was written by Jonathan Meyers; Bruce Caulk will direct.

Bret Saxon, Jeff Bowler, Ari Palitz, William MacDonald, Charles Arthur Berg and Minkow are producing for Insomnia Media Group. The film is shooting in Los Angeles.

Baldoni, who is repped by Talent Works and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Entertainment, appeared on "Everwood" and "Heroes." He next appears in the feature "Unrequited."
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