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Bill Murray finds 'Passion' with Megan Fox


(from The Hollywood Reporter)

Bill Murray is starring as the villain in “Passion Play,”  a romantic thriller being directed by Mitch Glazer.

Rhys Ifans ("Notting Hill") has also joined the cast which is being toplined by Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke.

The period story tells the tale of a down-on-his-luck jazz trumpet player who forms a bond with a winged beauty (Fox) who's now part of a sideshow attraction at a carnival.

Murray is playing a gangster named Happy intent on keeping the two apart.

Annapurna Prods., headed by Megan Ellison, is producing with Jonah Hirsch (“Main Street”) and Daniel Dubiecki (“Up in the Air”). Rebecca Wang is financing and exec producing.

Glazer, the screenwriter behind “Scrooged” (which starred Murray), “The Recruit” and “Great Expectations,” is making his directorial debut with the picture.

Nick Meyer's Sierra Pictures is handling foreign sales for the film, which just began production in New Mexico.

Murray was recently seen playing himself in “Zombieland” and can be heard in Wes Anderson’s awards contender “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”