Mendes joins Campbell on 'Cleaner' job


Eva Mendes is getting dirty for "Cleaner," a thriller from Millennium Films and Anonymous Content being directed by Renny Harlin. Also signed on is Christa Campbell, joining a cast toplined by Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris and Keke Palmer. Production began Monday in Louisiana.

Written by Matthew Aldrich, the story centers on a former cop (Jackson) who makes his living cleaning up crime scenes. After cleaning a murder site, he discovers that the crime was never reported to the police and that he has unwittingly covered up a homicide.

Mendes will play the widow of the slain man who turns to Jackson for help. Campbell will be a coach to Jackson's daughter (Palmer).

The film is produced by Jackson, Avi Lerner, Michael P. Flannigan, Lati Grobman, Alix Madigan and Steve Golin. Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Joe Gatta, Eli Selden, Paul Green and Julie Yorn are executive producing.

Mendes co-stars opposite Nicolas Cage in "Ghost Rider," which opens Feb. 16, and co-stars opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg in Universal's "We Own the Night." She also will appear in "Live!" which marks her debut as an executive producer.

Mendes is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Sloane, Offer, Webber and Dern.

Campbell's upcoming credits include Jon Avnet's "88 Minutes" with Al Pacino as well as "Blonde Ambition" and "Day of the Dead." She is repped by Metropolitan and Frank Gonzalez.