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Directoria­l debut adds Oscar winner

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Oscar winner Ariana Debose and The Hateful Eight star Jennifer Jason Leigh are set to star in Poolman, a mystery comedy which marks the directoria­l debut of actor Chris Pine.

The duo joins previously announced cast of Pine, Annette Bening and Danny Devito, reported Deadline.

Pine will play Darren Barrenman, a hapless dreamer and would-be philosophe­r who spends his days looking after the pool of the Tahitian Tiki apartment block in sunny Los Angeles and crashing city council meetings with his neighbours Jack (Devito) and Diane (Bening).

“When Barrenman uncovers the greatest water heist in LA history since Chinatown, he makes uneasy alliances with a beautiful and connected femme fatale while following every lead he can with corrupt city officials, burned out Hollywood types, and mysterious benefactor­s all in the name of protecting his precious Los Angeles,” the official plotline.

Pine will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Ian Gotler, a partner at the actor’s production banner Barry Linen Motion Pictures.

The duo will also produce along with Stacey Sher for Shiny Penny Production­s and Jenkins for Wicious Pictures.

Filmmaker Patty Jenkins, who worked with Pine on two Wonder Woman films as well as series I Am the Night, will serve as one of the producers on the film. PTI

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