Find Me Guilty: According to Variety, Vin Diesel will star in Find Me Guilty, a Stratus-financed drama to be directed by Sidney Lumet in New York this October. Bob Yari is producing.

Based on a true story and scripted by T.J. Mancini and Robert McCrea, pic concerns a mobster who refuses to play the rat and instead defends himself in court.

Diesel wanted to shoot a film with Lumet in Gotham, where the thesp began his career. There he served as a bouncer in clubs while waiting for his big break; eventually he got financing for his short film directing debut Multi-Facial and feature helming/acting debut Strays.

Diesel just wrapped The Pacifier for Disney/Spyglass, with Adam Shankman directing.

Brian B.