Richard Gere to star in Time Out of Mind

Richard Gere will produce and star in 'Time Out of Mind.'

The 'Pretty Woman' actor is thrilled to be teaming up with director Oren Moverman for the New York based drama, which follows a man working to rebuild his life and reconnect with his estranged daughter after finding himself homeless.

Gere has been quoted saying: '''Time Out Of Mind' has obsessed me for many years now, it is a profoundly human story that we are determined to make into a powerful film that speaks to everyone. I am proud and delighted to be collaborating with the brilliant writer-director Oren Moverman in telling this emotional and uncompromising story of loss, connection and the possibility of redemption.''

Moverman is glad the story will enable conversation about ''social issues'' which a number of people can relate to.

He added: ''Richard is an actor I've admired for a long time and I am honoured to be working with him on a movie that doesn't pussyfoot around social issues while telling a very accessible, human tale about a dispossessed man who is also a father, a lover, a friend and a statistic that deserves our attention.''

Moverman - whose film 'The Messenger' was given an Oscar nod for Best Original Screenplay - adapted the story from an original script written by fellow Academy Award nominee Jeffrey Caine.

Production for 'Time Out of Mind' will begin in March.