Brando and Brando: According to The Hollywood Reporter, reclusive veteran actor Marlon Brando is in final negotiations to star as himself in Ridha Behi's Brando and Brando, to be produced by British Oscar-winning producer Norma Heyman (Dangerous Liaisons).

The $5.5 million-budgeted movie details the story of a young innocent with a fascination for the American dream -- embodied by the iconic Brando -- on a journey of hope to the United States. Brando's portrayal of himself is central to Behi's story of disenfranchisement and broken spirits, the producers say.

Brando himself has played an active role in the development of the project, which is scheduled to shoot this summer.

Brian B.