Tomei, Huston in ‘Family’

The Samuel Goldwyn Co. has inked Oscar winners Marisa Tomei and Anjelica Huston totopline the pic that’s becoming the indie’s biggest project yet for 1994, “The Perez Family.”

Thomas Rothman, Goldwyn’s worldwide production prexy, said landing the two Oscar winners gives the film a high profile to make it an international success.

“Marisa Tomei and Anjelica Huston can do just about anything they want on this planet,” Rothman said. “It will generate the kind of excitement that the material has.”

The movie will co-star Alfred Molina (“Enchanted April”). Mira Nair, the director of Goldwyn’s 1992 release “Mississippi Masala,” had already signed on to helm the pic.

The film is being called a Cuban “Moonstruck,” a romantic comedy about a husband and wife split for 20 years in the U.S. and Cuba, who each find love just before they are to be reunited.

Robin Swicord, scripter of Columbia’s upcoming “Little Women,” has written the “Perez” screenplay, from a novel by Christine Bell. Stuart Dryburgh, an Oscar nominee for cinematography on “The Piano,” will lens “Perez.” Michael Nozik and Lydia Pilcher are the producers and Julia Chasman is an executive producer.

Goldwyn recently announced plans to boost production following the success of its “Much Ado About Nothing” last year, and “Perez” is its first big pic announced since then.

Rothman declined to say how much Goldwyn expects to spend on the pic. But the indie picked up the movie while it was in turnaround at Universal Pictures. Clearly, with Tomei and Huston aboard, “Perez” is among the indie’s pricier projects.

Production will begin on the movie in late March in Miami and Puerto Rico. Goldwyn, which holds worldwide rights to the pic, plans a release late this year.

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