Pop songbird-turned-actress Mandy Moore is continuing to forge ahead with her burgeoning film career by entering negotiations to star in the Stephen Gaghan-penned indie drama "Havoc" for director Barb

Pop songbird-turned-actress Mandy Moore is continuing to forge ahead with her burgeoning film career by entering negotiations to star in the Stephen Gaghan-penned indie drama "Havoc" for director Barbara Kopple and Mark Damon's MDP Worldwide. The film is being sold at the American Film Market.

Shooting on the project is expected to start in April in Los Angeles, with Jena Malone ("Donnie Darko," "Stepmom") in discussions to join Moore in the project. Malone and Moore recently finished working together on the Christian high school-set indie drama "Saved" for United Artists, Single Cell Pictures and Infinity International Entertainment. That film is due for release in the fall.

This time around, "Havoc" would see them star in a multilayered drama about a gang of wealthy teens in Los Angeles who are confronted with the real-life gangster lifestyle they have long tried to emulate when they come face to face with a Latino drug-dealing gang.

The film -- described as a gritty take on "nice" teenagers who spiral into a dangerous world of gangs, drugs and sex -- marks a departure from the squeaky-clean screen image of Moore in her first starring role, Warner Bros. Pictures' "A Walk to Remember."

"'Havoc' is a picture we've been vitally interested in making for over a year now," Damon said. "But we were waiting for the perfect actress, and I think we have found her in Mandy Moore. I'm convinced she will be great for us and for the film."

Moore next stars in the July release "How to Deal" from New Line Cinema. Malone's next role will be in MDP's "United States of Leland."

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