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Walter Hill to Direct ‘St. Vincent’ in July

Crime thriller will star Pierce Brosnan, Billy Bob Thornton, Maria Bello

Walter Hill“St. Vincent,” the first feature in eight years for director Walter Hill (“48 Hrs.,” “The Warriors”) will begin principal photography on July 12, with a cast that includes Pierce Brosnan, Billy Bob Thornton, Giovanni Ribisi and Maria Bello.

The announcement was made in Cannes by producer Jon Turtle and IM Global CEO Stuart Ford. An international sales agent currently representing films with Will Ferrell, Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, John Cusack and Kevin Costner, IM Global is representing “St. Vincent” at the festival.

The film is a crime thriller about a hitman (Brosnan) who poses as a priest to get close to his next target (Thornton). The script is by Cameron Young. The film will be produced by Claudio Castravelli, Beau St. Claire and Turtle.

(Walter Hill photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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