Two actors get tough for Warners' 'Losers'


Idris Elba and Zoe Saldana are in negotiations to join "The Losers," Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures' adaptation of the Vertigo/DC Comics book. Sylvain White is directing.

The pair join Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the action film, which follows a Special Forces team betrayed by its handler and left for dead. The "losers" regroup in the interest of revenge, the chance to remove their names from a CIA death list and to conduct covert operations against the agency.

Elba will play Roque, the group's second-in-command, who is motivated by money. Saldana will play Aisha, a cold-blooded loose cannon.

Peter Berg and James Vanderbilt worked on the script. Gregory Noveck is overseeing for DC. Jessica Goodman is overseeing for Warners.

ICM-repped Elba recently appeared in "The Office" and is best known for HBO's "The Wire." Saldana, repped by ICM, stars in the new "Star Trek" movie and in James Cameron's upcoming "Avatar." (partialdiff)