Gallo hops to 'Tetro' drama


NEW YORK -- Vincent Gallo is joining Javier Bardem in writer-director Francis Ford Coppola's family drama "Tetro" for American Zoetrope.

The "Brown Bunny" actor-director will play the title character, a brother in a family torn apart by rivalries and betrayal. Newcomer Alden Ehrenreich plays the younger brother who searches for him in Buenos Aires. Bardem plays an Argentinean literary critic, and Maribel Verdu plays Tetro's longtime love interest.

Gallo is known for his on-set battles directing "Buffalo '66," his provocative offscreen comments and a sexually explicit "Bunny" scene with one-time girlfriend Chloe Sevigny.

The less-than-$15 million project begins principal photography March 31 on location in Buenos Aires. A 2009 release with an as-yet-undetermined distributor is planned.