The Weinsteins are near deals with Johnny Knoxville and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to join Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke and Thomas Jane in Killshot, the John Madden-directed adaptation of the Elmore Leonard bestseller.
Killshot involves a couple who flee to the witness protection program, with a gangster in pursuit. Dawson will play the girlfriend of the gangster's dangerous sidekick, a role that went to Gordon-Levitt. Knoxville will portray the FBI agent trying to keep the couple alive.
Adapted by Hossein Amini, Killshot is being produced by Richard Gladstein, the former Miramax exec who most recently produced Finding Neverland for the Weinsteins. Pic is exec produced by Quentin Tarantino.
Dawson, who'll next be seen in the Chris Columbus-directed screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Rent, starts Killshot next month and will bounce from that film to Passion of the Clerks, the sequel that was written and will be directed by Kevin Smith.
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