Crime pays for Morales, Liotta, Cruz


Ray Liotta, Esai Morales and Valerie Cruz will star in James Cotten's "La Linea," a crime drama loosely based on the infamous Arellano Felix drug cartel.

Andy Garcia is in early talks to play the small but pivotal role of an ill kingpin of a Tijuana drug cartel whose violent lieutenant (Morales) takes over the operation and becomes a loose cannon.

Liotta will play a veteran Los Angeles-based assassin who is hired to kill the lieutenant. Cruz will play Olivia, a meth addict living in Tijuana who is struggling to kick the habit for the sake of her daughter.

Armand Assante, Joe Morton, Danny Trejo, Kevin Cage and Jason Connery are in final negotiations to join the ensemble cast.

The producers are Geoffrey Ross and R. Ellis Frazier; Frazier also wrote the screenplay. Filming on the project from Project One Films and Ronin Film and Media Group is scheduled to begin Oct. 16 in Los Angeles and Tijuana.

Liotta, who next stars in MGM's "Crossing Over," is repped by Endeavor and Beth Holden-Garland at Untitled.

Morales next stars in "Kill Kill Faster Faster." He is repped by Innovative Artists and Jai Kanna of Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Cruz, who has appeared in a recurring role on "Nip/Tuck," is repped by Innovative Artists and Gladys Gonzalez of John Carrabino Management.

Assante next will be seen in "American Gangster." He is repped by Stone Manners Talent and manager Larry Hummel.

Gregg Goldstein reported from New York; Carly Mayberry reported from Los Angeles.