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Viggo Mortensen signs onto A History of Violence
Reuniting with the studio that made him a star in the "Lord of the Rings" movies, Viggo Mortensen is in negotiations to topline "A History of Violence" at New Line Cinema. David Cronenberg is directing.
Adapted by Josh Olson from John Wagner and Vince Locke's graphic novel of the same name, "Violence" tells the story of an ordinary family's life after the father receives unwanted national attention for a seemingly vigilante-style self-defense killing at his diner. Mortensen would play the father.
New Line execs Kent Alterman and Cale Boyter are overseeing for the studio. JC Spink and Chris Bender are producing through their Benderspink shingle, while Roger Kass and Josh Braun are executive producing.
Mortensen most recently starred in "Hidalgo" for Walt Disney Studios, but he is best known for playing Aragorn in the "Rings" trilogy. His credits include 1998's "Psycho," "Crimson Tide" and "Carlito's Way."
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Published June 9, 2004