Film and TV thesp Pamela Gidley is making deals on both sides of the camera.
Though she primarily has played dramatic roles throughout her career, Gidley has signed up for a major comedic turn with the cast of “Mafia,” the Jim Abrahams/Disney spoof of “The Godfather” and other mobster movies.
She also continues to shoot episodes for this season’s NBC Saturday series “The Pretender,” where she’ll appear in a recurring role, and is planning her directorial debut with an indie film.
In “Mafia” — which will follow in the comedic tradition of the “Airplane!,” “The Naked Gun” and “Hot Shots!” franchises — Gidley will act opposite Lloyd Bridges, who stars as a Mafia family Don, and Olympia Dukakis, who just joined the cast as the matriarch of the clan.
“Pamela is very bright and has lots of great ideas for her character,” said Abrahams. “She really gets this kind of comedy.”
Gidley’s “Mafia” character is “patterned after several Sharon Stone-esque characters,” Abrahams said — particularly Stone’s role in Martin Scorsese’s “Casino.” Christina Applegate (“Married … With Children”) also will appear in the slapstick saga. Shooting starts Sept. 22.
After 10 years in film and television, Gidley is hoping to fulfill long-standing directorial ambitions with the low-budget indie pic “Breakfast Served All Day.”
Attached already are actors Patrick Dempsey (“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”), Julie Delpy (“Before Sunrise,” “American Werewolf in Paris”) and Frances Fisher (“Titanic,” “Made in America”). Carlos Aragon penned.
Gidley said she does not plan to perform in “Breakfast.”
Gina Resnick (“Clockwatchers,” “Female Perversions”) and Adam Merims (“Coldheart,” “Freeway”) are producing. Pic, about a group of twentysomething friends who frequently gather in a Los Angeles restaurant, is a dramatic comedy. “All these movies have been made about guys talking in restaurants,” Merims said. “This is about both men and women, heterosexuals and homosexuals — sort of a postmodern ‘Diner.’ ”
Gidley is repped by manager Lena Roklin and by Scott Melrose at Paradigm.