Three set for Van Peebles thriller

Cam Gigandet, Shane West, Rachael Leigh Cook join cast

TORONTO -- Cam Gigandet, Shane West and Rachael Leigh Cook are in negotiations to star in "Kerosene Cowboys," an action thriller that Mario Van Peebles will direct for Svarog-Afterburner Films.

Based on a novel by Randy Arrington, the tale follows the rough-riding and hard-living pilots of an elite Navy attack squadron. Gigandet will star as a hot-shot pilot, West plays his one-time best friend-turned-nemesis, while Cook will play an investigative journalist and Gigandet's love interest.

First-time scribe Adam Prince wrote the screenplay from a story by Dave Riggs and Nickolai Susby, who are producing via Svarog-Afterburner.

The Collective's Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield packaged the film, and Redick will executive produce. Mansfield is co-producing alongside Afterburner's Sophia Russo. Bob Yari also will executive produce.

The producers are in negotiations with several companies for distribution.

The movie is eyeing shoots in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada in October. Arrangements are being made for access to military hardware in the U.S. and Russia, with plans involving use of actual MiGs and Sukhoi aircraft.

Gigandet ("Never Back Down") next stars in "Twilight," while West ("ER") recently was seen in "What We Do Is Secret." Gigandet is repped by Endeavor. West is with UTA. Both additionally are repped by Luber Roklin Management.

Cook, who has a remake of "The Lodger" in the can, is repped by Paradigm and James/Levy Management.

The film marks the first time that Van Peebles, repped by Fortitude and Vincent Cirrincione Associates, will be behind the camera since "Baadasssss!" his acclaimed 2003 homage to his father, Melvin.