Franc. Reyes is the man responsible for the 2002 crime flick, Empire, which starred the likes of John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent Laresca and Isabella Rossellini. (Oh, and by the way, the period after his first name is supposed to be there. I don't know why, and neither does our Erik Davis.) Despite the film's cast, the movie got less-than-stellar reviews. Undeterred, the writer/director is following it up with The Ministers, which is currently filming in New York City. At first, it was looking to be a feature free of big names, besides the return of Leguizamo. Now it seems that the film will be topped off with one more -- Harvey Keitel.

The film centers on a female NYPD detective who lost her father years ago to a group named the Ministers. When the group reinvigorates their killing ways, she attempts to avenge her father's death. Unbeknownst to her, she is already romantically involved with one of the Ministers. Keitel is close to signing a deal to be one of the good-guy cops. However, "an unfortunate incident" sends him on another life path. That's all sorts of ambiguous. I'm not sure if that is suggesting that he's gone bad and is, perhaps, one of the Ministers, or if it's something more mundane. Regardless, we'll see a lot of Keitel in 2007, although I suspect not in his infamous full-frontal fashion, as he has 3 other films coming up this year -- My Sexiest Year, National Treasure: The Book of Secrets and The Dust of Time.

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