Kingsley has right 'Stuff' for satire


Ben Kingsley is attached to star opposite John Cusack, Hilary Duff, Joan Cusack and Marisa Tomei in the political satire "Brand Hauser: Stuff Happens."

Kingsley will play a Middle East oil minister targeted by an assassin (John Cusack) who poses as a trade show producer.

The comedy is being financed by Avi Lerner's Millennium Films. The producers are John Cusack and Grace Loh (of John Cusack's New Crime production outfit) and Millenium's Lerner, Danny Lerner and Les Weldon.

"Stuff Happens," now shooting in Bulgaria, is directed by Joshua Seftel. John Cusack wrote the screenplay with Jeremy Pikser and Mark Leyner. The project is being presented by Millennium at the American Film Market, which opens today.

Kingsley is repped by CAA and ICM U.K.