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Gerard Butler and Vin Diesel in talks for Kane & Lynch movie

Hollywood stars linked with on-again off-again film

Gerard Butler and Vin Diesel are the latest stars to be linked with the Kane & Lynch movie.

The Hollywood Reporter says Gerard Butler is in talks to play Kane, the 'straight man' of the duo.

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Meanwhile, studio Millennium Films is reported to have "an offer out to Vin Diesel to play Lynch", Kane's schizophrenic partner.

Felix Gary Gray is already on board to direct the film. His previous directing credits include Friday, The Italian Job and Be Cool.

The screenplay, meanwhile, is written by Skip Woods (Hitman, The A-Team, A Good Day To Die Hard) and Kyle Ward (Machete Kills).

The movie rights to Kane & Lynch were originally secured by Lionsgate in 2007, with Daniel Alter and Adrian Askarieh (producer on the Spy Hunter movie) taking on producer roles on the film.

Bruce Willis was previously lined up to star as Kane, with Jamie Foxx tipped to play Lynch.

Originally slated for a release in 2011, the film has seen numerous rewrites and directorial changes over the years.

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