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Hurt is on 'Point' for New Thriller

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William Hurt is set to be sworn in as leader of the free world. The actor is in negotiations to play the U.S. president in Columbia Pictures' thriller "Vantage Point."

Dennis Quaid and Matthew Fox already have boarded the project, which chronicles an attempted presidential assassination told from five points of view. Pete Travis is directing from a Barry Levy screenplay.

Neal Moritz is producing through his Sony-based Original Film shingle, while Original's Tania Landau is executive producing.

Sony's Andrea Giannetti is shepherding for the studio.

Hurt, hot off his best supporting actor Oscar nomination for "A History of Violence," recently booked a role opposite Kevin Costner and Demi Moore in MGM's "Mr. Brooks." The four-time Academy Award nominee, whose credits include "The Village," "Syriana" and the upcoming "The Good Shepherd," nabbed a best actor statuette for 1985's "Kiss of the Spider Woman."

He is repped by CAA.

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Tatiana Siegel writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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