Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg will star in a film about five people trapped in a World Trade Center elevator during the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Variety reported Monday that production has begun on the independently produced action-drama, titled “Nine Eleven,” which also features Luis Guzmán (CBS’ “Code Black”), Wood Harris (“Ant-Man,” “Creed”) and Olga Fonda (“Real Steel,” The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries”).
Former “Anger Management” star Sheen, 50 — who revealed in November that he had been HIV-positive for four years and has maintained a successful medical regimen — said in a statement to Variety, “I feel deeply connected to the material and I’m so excited to be working with my dear friend Whoopi Goldberg.”
The two previously appeared in separate scenes in the 1993 “Lethal Weapon” parody “National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1,” in which Sheen played a valet and Goldberg went unbilled as police officer Sgt. Billy York, former partner of the lead character, played by Sheen’s brother, Emilio Estevez.
Sheen’s manager, Mark Burg, is an executive producer of “Nine Eleven,” which is being shot entirely at Thunder Studios in Long Beach, California. That facility is producing the film with Sprockefeller Pictures, Vitamin A Films and Sunset Pictures, according to Variety.
Director Martin Guigui, who has made seven low-budget features since 1999, co-wrote the script with Steven Golebiowski, who is making his feature debut after creating the Syfy reality TV series “Haunted Collector.”
“We are fortunate to have such a gifted cast on board,” Guigui said in a statement to Variety. “Both Charlie and Whoopi are native New Yorkers who strongly identify with this story.”