Pullman joins ‘Casper’

Bill Pullman, who has worked mainly in the supporting thesp ranks in pix like “Malice,” is in final negotiations to make his leading-man leap in the big-budget Amblin/Universal pic “Casper,” sources said Wednesday.

Pullman, whose deal is expected to close imminently, will join “Addams Family Values” star Christina Ricci and “Another Stakeout” actor Cathy Moriarty in the big-screen adaptation of the Harvey Comics character Casper the Friendly Ghost.

In the film, a central gimmick is that Ricci, as the little girl in the haunted house, is the only one who can see the ghost; her dad (Pullman) cannot. Moriarty will play villain Miss Carrigan.

“Casper” is a mix of live action and high-end, three-dimensional computer animation, used to bring the ghost to life. Since production arrangements were reportedly made before Kathleen Kennedy exited Amblin, she will exec produce the pic with Steven Spielberg.

Colin Wilson will produce with “L.A. Law” and “NYPD Blue” helmer Brad Silberling directing.

Wilson was unavailable for comment.

Apart from recent turns in “Sommersby” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” Pullman also co-stars in the upcoming drama “Buffalo Girls,” produced by Johnathan Shestack for Limelight Prods. Pullman’s agent, United Talent Agency’s J.J. Harris, could not be reached for comment.

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