Richard Gere Nears Deal for 'Arbitrage'

Date: Thursday, February 10, 2011
Author: HFN Daily

"Primal Fear" and "Days of Heaven" actor Richard Gere is close to finalizing a deal for an upcoming movie about a hedge fund magnate's dramatic fall from grace, according to entertainment Web site Deadline New York.

Directed and written by Nicholas Jarecki, "Arbitrage" will tell the story of a fraudulent hedge fund manager, who, in the process of desperately trying to sell off his empire, commits a bloody blunder and must turn to an unlikely person for help.

The "unlikely person" is slated to be the character played by Susan Sarandon, known for her acclaimed roles in "Thelma & Louise" and "Dead Man Walking."

Rounding out the movie will be French actress and "Casino Royale" Bond girl Eva Green, as well as rapper and actor Drake, a.k.a Aubrey Graham.

Al Pacino was originally chosen to play the part of Gere's character in the early stages of selling the movie, but has since backed out.

Jarecki, 25, is a graduate of NYU film school. His first feature film documentary, "The Outsider," was released in 2006.