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Casting starts for 'Stringbean and Marcus'

March 9, 2006 at 8:33 PM

NEW YORK, March 9 (UPI) -- Final talks are under way with Mos Def and Sophie Okonedo to star in the indie film "Stringbean and Marcus."

The film was written by Tanya Hamilton, who will be making her directorial debut with the story about a crushed romance between two former members of the Black Panthers, The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

"It's not so much about the idea of race," Hamilton told The Reporter. "I just wanted to show this world of ordinary people living under extraordinary circumstances, trying to outrun this past they all have."

Shooting is scheduled to begin in July in Philadelphia.

"Stringbean" was the first screenplay to receive a Pew Fellowship, The Reporter noted.

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