LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - John Malkovich has signed on to play the title role in "The Great Buck Howard," a comedy that begins shooting in late July in Los Angeles.
The story follows a luckless magician (Malkovich) and his assistant (Colin Hanks) as they struggle to reinvigorate his career. Hanks' father, Tom Hanks, will play the assistant's disapproving father, and will also produce the film.
Kevin Kline had been in negotiations to star as the magician.
Malkovich is in theaters with "Art School Confidential." His upcoming features include fantasy epic "Eragon" and "Beowulf."
By Borys Kit
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