Orlando Bloom to star in 'Good Doctor'

Indie drama is described as a Hitchcockian thriller

Orlando Bloom is toplining "The Good Doctor," an indie drama to which Michael Pena, Troy Garity, Courtney Ford, Taraji P. Henson, Rob Morrow and J.K. Simmons are in negotiations to co-star.

Bloom also is producing the Lance Daly-directed pic while his Viddywell Prods. producing partner Sharon Miller exec produces. Jonathan King and Dan Etheridge also are producing.

The script from John Enbom ("Veronica Mars"), described as a Hitchcockian thriller, centers on a frustrated doctor looking to impress his superiors and colleagues. When his 18-year-old patient, admitted for a kidney infection, provides him with the esteem he so craves, the doctor tampers with her treatment so that she'll have to stay at the hospital with him.

Pena will play an orderly who discovers the doctor's budding relationship and blackmails him for prescription painkillers. Garity is a successful, self-assured doctor, a counterpoint to Bloom. Ford is a woman who has eyes for Bloom's character.

Production is to start this week in Los Angeles. Leonid Lebedev is exec producing while Julia Lebedev acts as co-producer. Nicholas Chartier of Voltage Pictures is handling foreign sales. "Doctor" will make house calls at the European Film Market, which opens next week in Berlin.

Bloom, repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment, continues to raise his indie film profile. He was at Sundance for Mark Ruffalo's "Sympathy for Delicious" and has wrapped production on "Main Street." He also recently starred in the West End production of "In Celebration" in London.

Pena, repped by CAA and Management 360, recently wrapped "The Green Hornet," while Garity (CAA and Untitled) has IFC's ensemble film "Mercy" in the can. Ford (Gersh and Main Title) is coming off a recurring gig on Showtime's "Dexter," and Henson (UTA and Vincent Cirrincione & Associates) appears in "Date Night" with Steve Carell and Tina Fey as well as "The Karate Kid."