LL Cool J and Michael Rapaport Join Cast of Deep Blue Sea,Set to Film in Mexico

July 28, 1998

The Riche/Ludwig-Weed Road Production of a Renny Harlin FilmTo Be Distributed by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow

Actors LL Cool J and Michael Rapaport have joined the previously announced cast members Thomas Jane, Stellan Skarsgârd, Saffron Burrows and Samuel L. Jackson in the tense action thriller "Deep Blue Sea." The film, set to begin filming Monday, August 3 in Rosarito, Mexico, is directed by Renny Harlin. The Deep Blue Productions, Ltd. feature is produced by Alan Riche, Tony Ludwig and Akiva Goldsman, executive produced by Duncan Henderson and the script is written by Duncan Kennedy & John Zinman. The announcement was made by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Warner Bros. President of Worldwide Theatrical Production. Warner Bros. will distribute the film worldwide, except for Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Singapore, where it will be handled by Village Roadshow.

In "Deep Blue Sea," a group of scientists and workers at a damaged and sinking marine research facility off the coast of Baja, California, are menaced by genetically enhanced sharks created in the laboratory they now surround.

LL Cool J (James Todd Smith) first came to national attention as a hip-hop sensation in 1985 and has since sold more than 20 million albums. The artist has made the successful transition to acting, most recently including a starring role in "Halloween H20" (opposite Jamie Lee Curtis). This fall, Cool J will also guest star on the critically acclaimed HBO series "Oz." Additionally, the two-time Grammy Award-winner (with seven consecutive platinum albums) has a long-running starring role in the NBC comedy series "In the House." His other credits include "Woo," "Baps," "Toys," "The Hard Way" and "Krush Groove." Cool J recently authored his best-selling autobiography I Make My Own Rules; he is also the recipient of MTV's 1997 Video Vanguard Award.

Michael Rapaport made his memorable screen debut in "Zebrahead," which garnered him an Independent Spirit Award nomination; the film itself won 1993 Sundance Film Festival's Filmmaker's Trophy. His list of additional credits include a wide range of starring roles in such films as John Singleton's "Higher Learning," Barbet Schroeder's "Kiss of Death," Woody Allen's "Mighty Aphrodite" and Ted Demme's "Beautiful Girls." More recently, Rapaport was seen in Nick Gomez's "illtown" (starring with Lili Taylor) and in Volker Schlondorff's "Palmetto" (opposite Woody Harrelson, Elisabeth Shue and Chloe Sevigny). His upcoming projects include the lead in J. Todd Anderson's "The Naked Man" and a cameo in Rory Kelly's "Girl Talk," opposite Juliette Lewis. His other films include "Metro," "A Brother's Kiss," "Cop Land," "Kicked in the Head," "True Romance" and "The Pallbearer."

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