Susan Sarandon and Penelope Cruz are to appear in the directorial debut of THE USUAL SUSPECTS star Chazz Palminteri.

The Christmas-themed drama, called NOEL, also stars 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS' PAUL WALKER, and follows the tangled lives of jaded New Yorkers.

The uplifting movie will be shot in Montreal, Canada and New York and has been given a December 2004 release date, according to VARIETY.COM.

A BRONX TALE actor and writer Palminteri may also take a role in the festive movie.

09/10/2003 21:23