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Kevin Costner is returning to the director's chair for the first time in seven years, and he's also returning to familiar acting territory in a lawman role. He'll wear both a sheriff's hat and a director's cap for the movie 'A Little War of Our Own.'

Variety (subscription required) reports that the film is about a local sheriff who must keep his town from erupting into violence during World War II. (The other lead role is that of a German U-boat captain.) The screenplay is by Dan Gordon, who co-wrote another sheriff movie for Costner, 1994's 'Wyatt Earp.' Producing is Armyan Bernstein, whose four collaborations with the star include Costner's last directing effort, the 2003 western 'Open Range.' Kevin Costner is returning to the director's chair for the first time in seven years, and he's also returning to familiar acting territory in a lawman role. He'll wear both a sheriff's hat and a director's cap for the movie 'A Little War of Our Own.'

Variety (subscription required) reports that the film is about a local sheriff who must keep his town from erupting into violence during World War II. (The other lead role is that of a German U-boat captain.) The screenplay is by Dan Gordon, who co-wrote another sheriff movie for Costner, 1994's 'Wyatt Earp.' Producing is Armyan Bernstein, whose four collaborations with the star include Costner's last directing effort, the 2003 western 'Open Range.'

Career-wise, Costner has kept a modest profile in recent years, starring in less ambitious features ('Swing Vote') or accepting supporting roles in ensemble casts (the drama 'The Company Men,' which received a warm reception at last month at the Sundance Film Festival). But 'Little War' doesn't sound like a movie of modest intentions.

"This has been a dream project for Kevin and I for years," Bernstein told Variety. "The themes are timeless -- war, peace and reconciliation. The canvas is epic -- look at the movies Kevin has directed."

Yeah, about that. All three movies Costner has directed and starred in (four if you count 'Waterworld,' which he essentially wrestled away from credited director Kevin Reynolds) are between two-and-a-quarter and three hours long. "Epic" is an apt word for 'Open Range' and 'Dances With Wolves,' but perhaps a generous word for 'Waterworld' and 'The Postman.' (A less generous word might be "bloated" or "endless.") But maybe the word "Little" in the title means Costner can keep this one under two hours.