Shadowboxer: According to Variety, Cuba Gooding Jr. is starring opposite Helen Mirren in Lee Daniels' indie pic ShadowboxerM.

Ryan Phillippe was originally cast as the lead but had to drop out of the project due to a scheduling conflict.

Mirren and Gooding will play a mother-stepson team of contract killers. Pic centers on the pair's unusual relationship, which is both romantic and lethal.

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"Shadowboxer," Daniels' directorial debut, was written by Monster's Ball co-scribe Will Rokos.

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Brian B.