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Clint Eastwood Will Not Be Directing Stompin' Tom Connors Film Starring Shania Twain

04/08/2013 05:31 EDT | Updated 04/08/2013 07:14 EDT
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TORONTO, ON - JUNE 12: Stompin Tom Connors performs on stage during the 2008 NHL Awards at the at the Elgin Theatre on June 12, 2008 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images for NHL)

UPDATE: If this sounded too good to be true, that's because it is. The movie is actually an April Fools' prank that we, and several other publications, fell for. We regret the error.

Dirty Harry is bringing Stompin' Tom Connors to the big screen. And he's taking Shania Twain with him.

Clint Eastwood, the 83-year-old actor/director behind "Million Dollar Baby" and "Mystic River," will helm "The Ballad Of Stompin’ Tom," a biopic about the iconic Canadian country singer who died recently at age 77.

Playing Connors will be Australian actor Bryan Brown, whose recent works include made-for-TV movies "Spring Break Shark Attack" and "Revenge Of The Middle Aged Woman." Shania Twain will play Connors' wife Lena Welsh.

Eastwood, who apparently first discovered the Stomper when he was researching music for his 1982 film "Honkytonk Man," was a keen Connors fan.

“Connors was a true original. Canada’s troubadour,” Eastwood told The Hollywood Reporter. “He sang about the everyday Canadian experience in the same way Woody Guthrie sang about the American experience.”

According to a report in Broadway World, Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian senator and former commander of United Nations peacekeeping missions in Rwanda, will make a cameo in the film.

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