Cusack clocks in for 'Factory' role


John Cusack has signed on to star in "The Factory," a psychological thriller for Dark Castle to be distributed by Warner Bros.

Morgan O'Neill, a winner of the Australian "Project Greenlight," co-wrote the script and is directing the feature, which is being produced by Dark Castle's Joel Silver, Susan Downey and David Gambino.

Cusack will play an obsessed cop who, with his partner, is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, N.Y. When his teenage daughter disappears, the cop drops any professional restraint and goes all out to get the killer.

O'Neill wrote "Factory" with Paul Leyden, an Australian actor who starred in "As the World Turns" and "LAX." Dark Castle picked up the script preemptively a year ago.

The movie is slated to go before cameras in January.

Steve Richards and Don Carmody are exec producing. Leyden is co-producing.

O'Neill, who also helmed the thriller "Solo," set in the Sydney underworld, is repped by Paradigm and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Leyden is repped by Paradigm and APA.

Cusack toplined the horror hit "1408" and is generating awards buzz for his performance in the drama "Grace Is Gone." He is repped by WMA.