Keitel flashing NYPD badge for 'Ministers'


Harvey Keitel is in final negotiations to join the cast of "The Ministers," a crime thriller being directed by filmmaker Franc. Reyes.

Written by Reyes, the story follows a female NYPD detective whose father was murdered years ago by a group known as the Ministers. She learns that the group has begun to kill again, and in her attempt to avenge her father, she unknowingly becomes romantically involved with a member of the group.

Newcomer Florencia Lozano is the detective. John Leguizamo, who starred in Reyes' 2002 hit actioner "Empire," and Diane Venora also are in the cast.

Keitel would play a good cop who has an unfortunate incident that changes the course of his life.

Reyes is producing along with Jill Footlick, who produces via her Grow Pictures.

Aaron Ray of the Collective, and Glenn Stewart, Steffan Aumuller and Claus Clausen of Sherzade are exec producing.

The Collective structured the financing for the sub-$10 million film and will handle all domestic sales.

Shooting is under way in New York.

Veteran actor Keitel most recently appeared in the telefilm "The Path to 9/11" and has a voice role in "Arthur and the Invisibles." He is repped by ICM.