Kingsley catches 'Shutter' bug


Ben Kingsley looks to have caught a case of island fever.

He has joined Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo in Martin Scorsese's drama "Shutter Island" for Paramount.

The film, adapted by Laeta Kalogridis from Dennis Lehane's 2004 novel, centers on a U.S. marshal (Ruffalo) who along with his new partner (DiCaprio) travels to a Massachusetts island to investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane. During their inquiry, the two encounter a web of deceit, experience a hurricane and become involved in a deadly inmate riot that leaves them trapped on the island.

Kingsley will play Dr. Cawley, the hospital's enigmatic chief physician who must reluctantly play host to the two U.S. marshals.

Shooting is set to begin in March, with the film being produced by Phoenix Pictures, Scorsese's Sikelia Prods. and DiCaprio's Appian Way. Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer, Brad Fishcher and Scorsese will serve as producers with Kalogridis, Lehane and Louis Phillips executive producing.

Kingsley is filming Paramount's "The Love Guru." He is repped by CAA, attorney Rick Genow and London's Independent Talent Group.