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Leguizamo, Perez Join 'The Take'

John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Perez, Bobby Cannavale, RZA and Meagan Good will star in the Los Angeles-set indie "The Take." Ithaka Films is producing, and Hatchet Films is financing.

Music video helmer Brad Furman will make his feature directorial debut on the film, which was written by Josh and Jonas Pate (creators of NBC series "Surface").

"Take" revolves around an armored-truck driver (Leguizamo) who is shot during a heist in East Los Angeles and chronicles the lengths he goes to after rehabilitation to track down the criminal (Gibson) who shattered his life. The low-budget film will be shot guerilla-style without sets in predominantly Latino neighborhoods. Shooting is set to begin in September.

Perez will play the wife of Leguizamo's character, while Cannavale will play an FBI agent. Newcomer Astrelle Johnquest rounds out the cast.

Ithaka's Braxton Pope and Andrew Weiner are producing, while Matthew Hatchette is executive producer.

"(The Pates) come from the Tom Wolfe school of thought -- observation, not imagination -- and the world they depict is specific and true," said Pope, who described the film as in the cinema verite tradition.

Leguizamo, who most recently lent his voice to "Ice Age: The Meltdown," is repped by WMA, the Collective and attorney Jason Sloane.

Gibson, whose credits include "Annapolis" and "Waist Deep," is handled by WMA.

Perez is repped by ICM and Untitled Entertainment; Cannavale is handled by Paradigm; and Good is repped by UTA and Untitled.

The Wu-Tang Clan's RZA is handled by APA; Furman is repped by Untitled; and the Pates are repped by Endeavor.


Tatiana Siegel writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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