Fonda has ‘A Simple Plan’

Will star opposite Paxton, Thornton in Par pic

Bridget Fonda, hot off “Jackie Brown” for Miramax, has signed to star opposite Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton in “A Simple Plan” for Paramount Pictures, sources said Friday.

Fonda will play Paxton’s wife in the pic about two brothers who find $4 million in a wrecked plane and decide to keep the money.

Pic is slated to start shooting Jan. 5.

Sam Raimi is helming from a script by Scott B. Smith, based on his novel of the same name.

Scott Rudin and Mutual Film’s Mark Gordon and Gary Levinsohn are producing.

Paramount has the domestic distribution rights to the $17 million project. Deals have already been structured for some of the foreign distribution rights on the pic with TeleMunchen in Germany, BBC in the U.K. and Toho Towa in Japan.

Fonda just wrapped production on Nu Image’s “The Break Up” and earlier this year completed production on “The Road to Graceland.”

Her other credits include “City Hall,” “The Road to Wellville,” “Strapless,” “Single White Female,” “The Godfather, Part III,” “Doc Hollywood,” “Singles” and “It Could Happen to You.”

She recently received an Emmy nomination for her role in Christopher Reeve’s directing debut on HBO, “In the Gloaming.”

Fonda’s deal was brokered by Ilene Feldman Talent Agency.

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