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Steve Buscemi Joins Andrew Haigh’s Passion Project ‘Lean On Pete’

The "45 Years" filmmaker will write and direct this adaptation of the Willy Vlautin novel.

Steve Buscemi

Steve Buscemi

Fresh off the acclaim from Louis C.K.’s daring limited series “Horace and Pete,” Steve Buscemi has lined up a new gig with one of the most exciting directors working today. The actor is set to star in “Lean on Pete,” an adaptation of the 2010 Willy Vlautin novel that is being written and directed by Andrew Haigh. The movie has been a passion project for the director, who has earned acclaim thanks to films like “Weekend” and “45 Years.” Deadline first reported the casting.

READ MORE: Why ’45 Years’ Filmmaker Andrew Haigh Never Tires of The Past

The story revolves around 15-year-old teenager Charley as he embarks on a perilous journey in search of his long lost aunt, with his only companion being a stolen racehorse named Lean on Pete. The movie has been described as a passion project for Haigh, whose industry pull has no doubt increased in the months since “45 Years” became a bonafide awards darling. The director unveils “Looking: The Movie” on HBO later this month, and he’s currently attached to an Alexander McQueen biopic.

Buscemi, meanwhile, continues to be one of the busiest actors in the business. He is currently filming “The Death of Stalin,” the new political satire from “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci. He’s also set to appear in Dreamworks Animation’s “The Boss Baby,” which has a voice cast that also includes Alec Baldwin, Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow.

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