(February 8, 2007 - Burbank, CA) – Kate Beckinsale has been set to star in and Dominic Sena has been set to direct the action thriller “Whiteout,” it was announced today by Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. The film will be the first to go into production under Joel Silver’s newly reorganized Dark Castle Entertainment, which gives Silver an autonomous role in green-lighting and financing films produced under the banner. “Whiteout,” which is based on Greg Rucka’s 1999 Eisner Award-winning comic book miniseries of the same name, is being produced by Joel Silver and Susan Downey, with Steve Richards, Don Carmody and Rucka serving as executive producers and David Gambino co-producing. Sena will direct the film from a screenplay written by Jon & Erich Hoeber. Principal photography on “Whiteout” is scheduled to begin March 5 on location in Montreal, Canada. In “Whiteout,” Beckinsale will star as Carrie Stetko, the lone U.S. Marshal assigned to Antarctica, whose investigation of the continent’s first murder draws her into a shocking mystery. Now, with only three days until winter, Carrie must solve the crime before Antarctica is plunged into darkness and she is stranded with the killer. Kate Beckinsale most recently starred in the comedy “Click,” opposite Adam Sandler, and the horror thriller “Underworld: Evolution,” the sequel to her 2003 hit, “Underworld.” Her other film credits include Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator,” in which she portrayed Ava Gardner; “Van Helsing,” opposite Hugh Jackman; the independent film “Laurel Canyon”; Michael Bay’s “Pearl Harbor”; and the drama “Brokedown Palace.” She also stars in “Snow Angels,” which screened at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, and “Vacancy,” which is set for release later this year. Dominic Sena previously directed such films as the suspense thriller “Swordfish,” starring John Travolta, Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman; the action thriller “Gone in Sixty Seconds,” teaming Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie; and the controversial drama “Kalifornia,” starring Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis.
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