Kevin Spacey has signed on to star in EuropaCorp's Nine Lives, which Barry Sonnenfeld became attached to direct two weeks ago. The actor will star as a workaholic businessman who suffers a horrific accident that leaves him trapped in the body of his family's cat. The story has been described by director Barry Sonnenfeld as, "a funny, emotional, commercial comedy."
Daniel Antoniazzi and Ben Shiffrin wrote the screenplay, with EuropaCorp producing and providing financing for the project. Nine Lives will be one of the first projects to be developed through EuropaCorp's Red distribution pipeline, a joint venture with Relativity Media. Red's first projects include The Transporter Legacy, arriving in theaters this June, followed by director Steven Quale's The Lake and Shut In starring Naomi Watts.
EuropaCorp's U.S. film president Lisa Ellzey will oversee the project, although it isn't known when production will begin, or if there are any producers attached at this time. Kevin Spacey is currently shooting Elvis & Nixon, where he portrays President Richard Nixon alongside Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley. He most recently starred in the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2 and reprises his role as Francis Underwood in Season 3 of House of Cards, debuting next month on Netflix.