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Lyriq Bent Starring in Marlin Briscoe Football Drama ‘The Magician’ (Exclusive)

29 March 2016 4:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

West Omaha Films and Falconer Pictures have signed Lyriq Bent to portray NFL player Marlin Briscoe in “The Magician, the Marlin Briscoe Story,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Doug Falconer (“Forsaken”) is producing for West Omaha Films along with Terry Hanna, Dave Clark and John Beasley. The screenplay was written by Gregory Allen Howard, whose credits include “Remember the Titans” and “Ali.”

The project has been in development for several years, but Bent is the first actor to be cast. Filming on “The Magician” is expected to begin in the late summer.

Bent was recently won best actor in a leading dramatic role at the Canadian Screen Awards for the miniseries “The Book of Negroes.” His feature credits include starring in three of the “Saw” films; TV credits include “Angela’s Eyes,” “Kevin Hill” and the “Kojak” reboot that starred Ving Rhames.

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