'Electric' plugs in McGregor, Mulligan

Myriad is preselling to buyers, backers in Berlin

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BERLIN -- Ewan McGregor and Carey Mulligan are in talks to headline "The Electric Slide," based on the true story of Los Angeles-based furniture salesman turned bank robber named Eddie Dodson.

McGregor is in talks to play Dodson, while Mulligan, a Shooting Star at the Berlinale and also the talk of Sundance after her turn in "An Education," is being touted as his girlfriend.

Tristan Patterson, who wrote the script based on Timothy Ford's Gear magazine article "The Yankee Bandit: The Life and Times of Eddie Dodson, World's Great Bank Robber," will make his directing debut.

L.A. indie production and finance banner Myriad Pictures is putting the financing together for the project and is preselling to buyers and backers in Berlin.

The film will be produced by Christine Vachon, Brad Simpson, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Jocelyn Hayes.

It centers on Dodson, who owned a high-end boutique furniture store on Melrose Avenue in L.A. in the 1980s.

He lived the Hollywood lifestyle, partying and hanging out with celebrity friends, when he fell in love and took the biggest risk of his life to impress his new girlfriend -- he robbed a bank. Dodson went on to rob more than 72 banks in the L.A. area before the FBI finally nailed him.

"This is an amazing story," Myriad CEO and president Kirk D'Amico said. "It's just unbelievable the way this guy was able to rob bank after bank and always slipping away just before the FBI got there."