Just in case you tossed and turned last night and then woke up this morning and wondered, “Where the hell is Loren Dean,” you can rest easy. The former Billy Bathgate is set to appear in Tony Goldwyn’s indie Betty Anne Waters with star Hilary Swank. Waters tells the story of the titular character who is a working-class single mother who works to get her brother exonerated from a murder charge. To this end she earns a law degree and uses DNA evidence to finally get him freed after 18 years in prison. Already attached to the project are Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Melissa Leo, Clea DuVall and Juliette
Dean has been spending a lot of his time this decade doing TV work, including guest stints on shows like Law & Order: SVU, Numb3rs, Without a Trace, Bones and CSI, with occasional film work such as The Poker Club and Reservations. And of course Swank has been picking up Oscars in between films of uh…varying appeal. Richard LaGravenese has penned the most recent draft of the script, which is based on writer Pamela Gray’s original.
I’ve generally liked Dean in a number of his roles, particularly Mumford and Apollo 13, and he’s always seemingly been either on the cusp or threatening to get back to it. In the meantime, he seems to be good with doing indies and supporting roles in larger films.
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