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Craig Robinson Will Play Ex-Black Panther/Swindler In Adaptation Of Elmore Leonard's "Freaky Deaky"

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 3, 2011 at 1:41AM

Craig Robinson continues to line up projects for himself... this time joining Matt Dillon and Brendan Fraser to star in an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's crime novel "Freaky Deaky."
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Craig Robinson continues to line up projects for himself... this time joining Matt Dillon and Brendan Fraser to star in an adaptation of Elmore Leonard's crime novel "Freaky Deaky."

The synopsis for the 1988 book reads: starting and ending with a bang, we meet a vivid group of characters who are mainly veterans of 1960s: Chris Mankowski, 38-year-old Detroit police sergeant, newly transferred from the bomb squad to sex crimes; Donnell Lewis, ex-Black Panther now working as a driver, nursemaid and would-be swindler; Skip Gibbs, now a movie dynamite expert; and others, including Greta Wyatt, stagenamed Ginger Jones, who meets Chris when she reports that she's been assaulted. When Chris pursues the investigation, he is suspended from the force because the suspect is a man with clout; Now determined to get to the bottom of things, Chris is caught up in a web of scams plotted by Skip and Donnell for starters.

Dillon will play Chris Mankowski; Fraser will play Skip Gibbs; and Craig Robinson will play will play Donnell Lewis, the ex-Black Panther.

William H. Macy has already committed to play Woody Ricks, the hard-partying Hollywood mogul, who Greta claims assaulted her.

Charle Matthau will direct from his own screenplay adaptation of Leonard's book, though THR says his script takes "plenty of dramatic liberties, decisions that reportedly all have Leonard's approval.

The hunt is underway to cast the female lead, with production scheduled to begin this month in Michigan.

As an FYI, Quentin Tarantino is said to have been interested in adapting the book to film before Matthau's current attempt.

Another novel to add to my to-read pile. If you've read it, feel free to chime in...

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