Josh Duhamel, Alice Eve Go Beyond Deceit


Josh Duhamel and Alice Eve have joined Anthony Hopkins and Al Pacino in legal thriller Beyond Deceit, to be directed by scribe Shintaro Shimosawa (Fox’s The Following) in his directorial debut.

Malin Akerman, Byung-hun Lee, Glen Powell and Leah McKendrick will co-star in the pic, which centers on an ambitious young lawyer (Duhamel, replacing Dan Stevens after the latter actor dropped out over conflicts with Beauty and the Beast) who takes on a major case against the ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical giant, only to find himself framed for murder.

Eve will take on the supporting role of his wife, but it’s unclear whether Hopkins or Pacino will be playing the chief antagonist. Adam Mason and Simon Boyes (red-hot SXSW selection Hangman) penned the script, which Shimosawa then rewrote.

Beyond Deceit is just one more screen credit for Duhamel and Eve, who are each racking up tons right now. Duhamel stars in freshman CBS detective dramedy Battle Creek, created by Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House). He last appeared in little-seen drama You’re Not You opposite Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum, has musical drama Bravetown and thriller Lost in the Sun in the can, and is gearing up to shoot The Wrong Stuff.

Eve, meanwhile, is expected to reprise the role of Carol Marcus in blockbuster Star Trek 3. She’s also rumored for a role in this summer’s Entourage and has two films in post-production: Matthew Broderick comedy Dirty Weekend and Ryan Reynolds thriller Criminal.

No word yet on when they’ll fit in Beyond Deceit, but the nature of the pic suggests an expeditious shoot.