Actor Kevin Bacon has joined the cast of Ross Katz' directorial debut "Taking Chance," from HBO Films. Based on the story of U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel Michael Strobel, the film follows (in the words of an announcement) "his poignant journey as the volunteer military escort officer who is assigned to accompany the body of 19-year-old Lance Corporal Chance Phelps (USMC), who was killed in action in Iraq, across America back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyoming in spring 2004." Katz was Oscar-nominated for both "Lost in Translation" and "In The Bedroom." He wrote the script with Strobel will executive produce with Brad Krevoy and Cathy Wischner-Sola. The film's producer is Lori Keith Douglas. Production will begin this summer. [Eugene Hernandez]