'Dead' men walking: Klein, Busey, Durst


Chris Klein, Jake Busey and Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst are starring in Jason Wiles' dark comedy "Play Dead."

Klein will play Ronnie Reno, a former TV action hero in dire need of a comeback. On his way back from a failed audition, he winds up snowbound in a remote Nevada town run by scary meth dealers, including Merle (Busey), and their henchman (Durst). When Reno finds the body of a dead FBI agent, life imitates his art as he is forced to reunite with his former co-stars, including Devon (Michael Beach), to save himself and the terrorized townsfolk.

The feature is written by Wiles and Shem Bitterman, whose 10-year-old daughter Annabelle will play one of the endangered residents. Bitterman, Wiles, Kurt Tuffendsam, Mark Koetting, Michael O'Shea and Tom Rooker are producing the project with executive producer Brent Herrin.

Wiles is best known as Maurice "Bosco" Boscorelli on NBC's long-running series "Third Watch." He recently directed the drama "Lenexa, 1 Mile" with co-writer-director Bitterman. It stars Klein, Jason Ritter and William Baldwin. Bitterman directed Wiles in the drama "Open House."

Klein's credits include "American Dreamz" and the upcoming Sundance Film Festival entry "The Good Life."

Durst appeared in "Sorry, Haters" and stars in his upcoming feature directorial debut, "The Education of Charlie Banks."

Busey's films include "Broken" and "Wristcutters: A Love Story." Beach's credits include "Third Watch" and "Soul Food."

Klein, Durst and Wiles are repped by WMA. Klein also is repped by Brillstein-Grey Entertainment. Busey is repped by Innovative Artists and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Entertainment. Beach is repped by Paradigm.