'Code' words for Freeman, Banderas


Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas are teaming for "The Code," a crime thriller that Mimi Leder is directing for Nu Image/Millennium.

The story revolves around two jewel thieves.

Revelations Entertainment, founded by Freeman and Lori McCreary, developed the script and brought it to Millennium.

Randall Emmett and McCreary are producing the movie, which will start shooting this week at Nu Boyana Film Studios, a 45-year-old production facility in Sofia, Bulgaria, acquired in 2006 by Nu Image Bulgaria.

"Code" marks Leder's first feature since 2000's "Pay It Forward." She has kept herself busy in the TV world, directing episodes of "John Doe," "The West Wing" and "Vanished." Her other feature credits include "Deep Impact" and "The Peacemaker."

Leder is repped by WMA.

CAA-repped Banderas last was seen on the big screen in "Bordertown" and "Take the Lead." He recently reprised his voice role of Puss in Boots in "Shrek the Third."

Revelations is in preproduction on "The Human Factor," a movie centering on Nelson Mandela (to be played by Freeman) that Clint Eastwood is in talks to direct.

Freeman next will be seen in Ben Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Bucket List" with Jack Nicholson.