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Val Kilmer signs to play Wyatt Earp

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Val Kilmer has signed to play Wyatt Earp in a new film.

The MacGruber actor will star in the forthcoming indie western The First Ride of Wyatt Earp, reports Variety.

The film will tell the true story of Earp's first ride as a marshal to track the individual who murdered a woman.

Mike Feifer is directing the project, dubbed a "Young Guns for the next generation", from a script by Darren Benjamin Shepherd.

Production has already begun in California.

Kilmer previously played Doc Holiday in the 1993 western Tombstone, which starred Kurt Russell as Earp.

The IRS put a lien on Kilmer's New Mexico home last December after it was reported that the actor owed the government almost $500,000 (£325,650) in unpaid federal taxes.

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