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Cheadle To Direct Elmore Leonard's Latest

21 Feb, 2002 By: Hive News

Actor Don Cheadle will make his directorial debut taking bestselling author Elmore Leonard's Tishomingo Blues to the screen.

The book has been on the New York Times Bestseller List at #9 since publication.

Set in Tunica, Miss., Tishomingo Blues features classic Leonard characters. Among the cast of oddballs and schemers are Denis Lenahan, a boy-next-door type high-diver slightly past his prime and Robert Taylor, a smooth-talking, gun-toting, blues-loving Detroit operator -- whom Cheadle may play.

Still going strong at 76 years old, Leonard says that when writing he sometimes casts his characters as if he were casting a movie. Not surprising, since several of Leonard's novels have ended up on the big screen.

Leonard has been named one of the producers of the movie by British production company Film Four.

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