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    Thu, 21 May 2009 11:38:42

    Kevin Spacey Bets on Casino Jack - Also takes a gamble on George Orwell

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    Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is placing his bets on Jack Abramoff. The actor will portray the famed yet disgraced Washington power broker in the forthcoming project Casino Jack. The film was originally titled Bagman but that has since been scrapped.

    Abramoff was an important lobbyist who eventually resorted to bribery and other assorted forms of trickery and fraud in relation to Indian casinos. He eventually went to prison for his actions. Spacey's partners in Trigger Street Productions will produce the project.

    In other Spacey news, the actor will star alongside Colin Firth in the film adaptation of writer George Orwell's Catalonia. Chariots of Fire director Hugh Hudson is on board to direct. The plot centers on the true story of how Orwell and his wife Eileen traveled to Barcelona to do their part to fight Stalinism. While there, the author joined the Anarchist Brigade and fought in the Spanish Civil War. The film will examine the dynamics of the relationship between Orwell and brigade commander Georges Kopp. Shooting is slated for 2010 in England, Spain and Buenos Aires.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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