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Vincent D’Onofrio in Talks to Star as Villain in ‘CHiPS’

Big-screen adaptation stems from the hit 1970s NBC series

After playing a villain on “Daredevil,” Vincent D’Onofrio is in talks to play the bad guy in Warner Bros.’ “CHiPS,” an individual with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap Tuesday. The film is an adaptation of the classic 1970s cop show of the same name.

The NBC series, which ran from 1977 to 1983, followed the adventures of two California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.

The big-screen version has already enlisted Dax Shepard and Michael Pena as beloved officers Jon Baker, played by Larry Wilcox, and Erik Estrada’s Frank Poncherello, respectively. Shepard is also directing and co-writing the screenplay after Paul Kaplan and Mark Torgove wrote the previous draft. Andrew Panay is producing the film.

D’Onofrio will play a car-stealing ringleader. Other information on the plot remains under wraps.

The actor is known for starring on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Escape Plan,” and “Run All Night.” He’ll next be seen in “Jurassic World” on Jun. 12, and is currently filming “The Magnificent Seven” alongside Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt.

D’Onofrio is represented by UTA. Warner Bros. is producing the film.

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