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Exclusive: Kevin Connolly to Direct ‘Adrenaline’

Kirkland Tibbels and Matthew Lillard will produce the comedy written by Justin Ware


TheWrap has exclusively learned that "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly will direct the comedy "Adrenaline" from a script by up-and-coming screenwriter Justin Ware.

Story follows a buttoned-up corporate guy who gets sucked into his crazy assistant’s scheme of seducing women by staging heroic acts. He finds he has his work cut out for him when he sets his sights on his beautiful co-worker who is immune to his seductive charm.

The project will begin casting soon, though Connolly is not expected to star. He next appears on the bigscreen as Sports Illustrated reporter Bill Nack in Randall Wallace’s "Secretariat."

Kirkland Tibbels of Hollywood Farms will produce "Adrenaline" alongside Matthew Lillard and Queen Nefertari’s Cynthia Stafford and Jeff Kalligheri. Actor-producer Lanre Idewu will serve as consulting producer.

Connolly previously directed the star-laden short film "Whatever We Do" from a script by Nick Cassavetes. The actor made his feature directorial debut with 2007’s "Gardener of Eden," which Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way produced.

Ware, who is represented by Gersh, recently sold a pitch for the comedy "Wake Up Call" to Fox Atomic, with Alfred Gough and Miles Millar producing. He previously wrote "The Pool Boys," which starred Lillard, Efren Ramirez and "Twilight" actress Rachelle Lefevre, and also rewrote Rich Amburg’s script for the Nickelodeon TV movie "Best Player."  Ware often performs at Hollywood’s Improv Olympic West with his improv comedy troupe Dr. God.

Queen Nefertari, which works from a $30 million film fund represented by Gersh’s Jay Cohen, is readying production on the Butcher Bros.’ psychological horror film "Black Sunset." The company behind the indie drama "Polish Bar" is also developing the Hyde Park drama "Risen" and the Media 8 thriller "Undying."