'Eastern' adds pair to cast


NEW YORK -- Armin Mueller-Stahl and Sinead Cusack will co-star opposite Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts in David Cronenberg's crime drama "Eastern Promises."

The Oscar-nominated Mueller-Stahl ("Shine") will play Semyon, the patriarch of a London-based organized crime family with ties to the mysterious Nikolai (Mortensen). When Nikolai meets Anna (Watts), a midwife who stumbles upon incriminating evidence against the family, all hell breaks loose.

Cusack ("V for Vendetta") will play Anna's mother. Donald Sumpter ("The Constant Gardener") will portray Anna's uncle, and Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski ("Moonlighting") will play a police officer involved with the case.

The Focus Features release is produced by Paul Webster of Kudos Pictures and Robert Lantos of Serendipity Point Films. Principal photography begins this week in London.

Mueller-Stahl is repped by WMA. Cusack is repped by Artist Rights Group.