Dennis Quaid isset to star in Eclectic Pictures' $8.5m historical epic El Hubris,about the Pacho Villa-led Mexican invasion of the US in 1916.

Heidi Jo Markel'sUS-based Eclectic is selling worldwide rights here on the project, which is 50%financed by Anthony J Tomaska and Joseph J Tomaska through Magnificent MileProductions.

Quaid plays aretired army captain who pursues the Mexican outlaw El Hubris, who haskidnapped his wife.

Peter Antonijevicwill direct from a screenplay by Tony Neal. Eclectic has scheduled athird-quarter start date.

Eclectic'sdevelopment slate includes the $20m treasure hunters saga In The Rough,which Antonijevic will also direct; thrillers Census Taker and 52; andthe Canes-set comedy-thriller DuCap, among others.

Director ofdevelopment Nick Allan and creative executive Gregg Moscot are shepherding theslate.