Toronto: Richard Gere to Star in Drama 'Franny'

Bill Phelps
Richard Gere

The actor will play a hedonistic philanthropist in the debut feature from Andrew Renzi.

Richard Gere has set his first live-action starring role since 2012's Arbitrage. The actor will star in Franny, the feature directorial debut from Andrew Renzi, who also wrote the script.

Gere will play a hedonistic philanthropist who gets involved in the lives of a newlywed couple in order to re-create his former life. The film is eyeing an October start date.

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Renzi previously directed the shorts Karaoke! and The Fort, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Franny is being produced by Treehouse Pictures, TideRock Media's Thomas B. Fore and Jason Michael Berman, and Big Shoes Media's Jay Schuminsky. Executive producers are Magnolia Entertainment's Shelley Browning and Michael Diamond, Soaring Flight Productions' Ruth Mutch, and QED's John Friedberg.

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Gere is represented by WME and attorney Barry Hirsch. Renzi is represented by CAA, Washington Square Arts and attorney Linda Lichter. TideRock Media, LLC, which is co-financing and producing, is represented by WME Global.