Cheadle and Pearce Star in Political Thriller from...Steve Martin?

July 11, 2007

"Naw, fool. Hold the gun sideways, like I done taughtchoo. And cut that nasty ass hair."

Yep, you read that headline correct - I mean, I think you did, having no prior knowledge of your dyslexia... Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce are set to star in Traitor, a thriller about an undercover CIA agent (Cheadle) who infiltrates a terrorist cell but in the process may have become a terrorist himself. Pearce plays an FBI agent investigating him.

The film will be written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, and is based on an original story by Steve Martin. Yes, that Steve Martin.

[Producers]Hoberman and Lieberman had been developing the project since early 2002, when Martin approached the duo on the set of "Bringing Down the House," which they were producing. Martin told them to meet him in his trailer because the actor had a thriller he wanted to pitch. Hoberman and Lieberman thought Martin was joking and didn't show up. Martin approached them the next day and asked why they didn't meet him.

Bringing Down the House co-star Queen Latifah reportedly campaigned hard for a role in which her character would teach Pearce how to "act street" to help him infiltrate the terrorist cell, and in the process, learn a little about love. Her idea was vetoed and she spent the rest of the afternoon eating cake batter.


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