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Oh, To Be 78

Oh, To Be 78

A man of unbelievable energy, Clint Eastwood is doubling up his 2008 Oscar chances, by announcing a second directing project – Gran Torino – which he will also star, and to be released in December.

Says Variety:

Clint Eastwood will next direct and star in “Gran Torino” for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures. Pic is skedded for a December release.

“Torino” marks the first time Eastwood has appeared on screen since “Million Dollar Baby,” released in late 2004.

Details of “Torino” are being kept under tantalizingly tight wraps. Existence of the film, and Eastwood’s role, were only revealed on Tuesday when Warner quietly dated the movie for sometime in December.

Producers are Rob Lorenz, Eastwood’s partner at Malpaso Prods., and Billy Gerber. Exec producers are Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman at Double Nickel Ent.

It’s unclear when the movie will begin shooting, or if it has already begun production. Eastwood is known for quick production turnarounds.

Torino joins Changeling, Clint’s other directing effort – a child abduction drama starring Angelina Jolie set for fall release. This comes just two years after another double feature and will make 8 films since 2000.

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