Butler Lands 'Island,' 'Game' Roles


Gerard Butler isn't letting the dust settle on his "300" success.

The "Phantom of the Opera" star has booked a pair of big screen roles, landing the leads in "Nim's Island," with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin, as well as "Game," from the directors of "Crank."

"Nim's Island" will begin production in late July with Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin in place to direct for 20th Century Fox.

Based on the book by Wendy Orr, it's the story of Nim (Breslin), who lives on a remote South Pacific island with her scientist dad (Butler, apparently). When her father gets isolated, Nim's only connection to the outside world is her e-mail correspondence with a reclusive author (Foster).

According to Variety, the studio has set an April 28, 2008 release date.

Butler will then move on to "Game," from Lakeshore Entertainment. The sci-fi thriller is set in a future in which humans control other humans in a massive multiplayer online game. Butler will play the game's top warrior, who goes AWOL, "Running Man" style.

Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor will direct.

Butler will next be seen in the romantic comedy "P.S. I Love You" with Hilary Swank. He's also attached to a remake of the John Carpenter favorite "Escape From New York."

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