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News Patti LuPone Cast in New Film "Parker"; Taylor Hackford Directs Two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, who will return to Broadway later this season in her critically acclaimed concert act with fellow Tony winner Mandy Patinkin, has been cast in the new action thriller "Parker," according to Variety.

The film, which began production Aug. 4 in New Orleans, also features Nick Nolte, Emma Booth, Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce and Clinton Collins, Jr.

The motion picture, adapted from the novel "Flashfire" by Donald Westlake, features a screenplay by John J. McLaughlin and concerns a "thief who, though at times is forced to be a killer, still lives by a code of honor that includes never stealing money from people who need it," according to the industry paper.

Taylor Hackford, who is among the film's producers, directs.

FilmDistrict will release the film domestically Oct. 12, 2012.

For her performance as Rose in the recent revival of Gypsy at the St. James Theatre, Patti LuPone won the Tony Award, the Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award. A Tony Award winner for her work in Evita, LuPone also earned an Olivier Award for her performances in the West End productions of Les Misérables and The Cradle Will Rock. Her other theatrical credits include  Company, Women on the Verge of a Nervous BreakdownSunset Boulevard, Anything Goes, Oliver!, Working, The Old Neighborhood, Master Class and Pal Joey. LuPone also headlined two solo Broadway concerts, Patti LuPone On Broadway and Matters of the Heart, and received glowing notices for her performance as Mrs. Lovett in the Lincoln Center concert version of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd and a Tony nomination for her performance in the recent revival of that Sondheim work. She was seen in the Kennedy Center's staging of Marc Blitzstein's Regina and joined Audra McDonald for Los Angeles Opera's production of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. She was also seen as Rose in a Ravinia Festival concert run of Gypsy. Her screen and recording credits are numerous.

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