The Wire's Domenick Lombardozzi Joins Robert De Niro In Malavita
Since his time on HBO's The Wire playing Det. Thomas 'Herc' Hauk, Domenick Lombardozzi hasn't spent much time on the big screen, but he's been quite busy on television. In addition to a starring role in the series Breakout Kings, he has had bit parts on series like Bored To Death, 24, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Entourage. He has picked up some film roles, such as Guillaume Canet's upcoming thriller Blood Ties (which wrapped production earlier this year), and now he's gotten his hands on another one.
Lombardozzi will be teaming up with Luc Besson on the new film Malavita, according to THR. The film is a dark comedy based on the graphic novel Badfellas, and centers on mob boss who is moved to France under the Witness Protection Program. Besson has already assembled an impressive list of actors for the movie, including Robert De Niro in the starring role, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones. Lombardozzi will reportedly play an FBI agent who works to protect the lead character.
The reunion between Lombardozzi and De Niro is kind of a special one. The Wire star's first role was playing Nicky Zero in A Bronx Tale, De Niro's directorial debut. Lombardozzi went on to get roles in movies like For The Love of The Game, Phone Booth, S.W.A.T. and Miami Vice. With the exception of his television work, he was most recently in the Tony Vitale comedy Life's A Beach, which came out in 2011.
Malavita is being co-produced by EuropaCorp (the company co-founded by Besson) and Relativity Media, the latter of which will distribute the movie in the United States.
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