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Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen starring opposite Nicolas Cage in Runner

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Peter Fonda, Connie Nielsen and Wendell Pierce have joined the cast of Nicolas Cage's upcoming political drama The Runner.

Cage leads the cast of The Runner as a New Orleans congressman whose professional life is destroyed by a sex scandal.

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Nicolas Cage will star in The Runner


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The movie is set against the backdrop of the 2010 BP oil spill, which ravaged the ecosystem of the Gulf Coast of the US.

Fonda is playing Cage's on-screen father and the former mayor of New Orleans, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Nielsen has been cast as the politically-ambitious wife of Cage's character Colin Price, while former Wire star Pierce will portray Price's chief advisor.

Actor Peter Fonda

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Peter Fonda

Actor Wendell Pierce

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Wendell Pierce


The supporting cast also includes Bryan Batt and Sarah Paulson.

The Runner - which will be directed by Austin Stark – is slated to open in cinemas next year.

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