Harlow picks ‘Cherry’ role

Shalom Harlow, the model hailed for her comic turn in her feature debut as Matt Dillon’s girlfriend in this fall’s hit comedy “In & Out,” has come down the catwalk for her first leading role in Cypress Films’ independent production “Cherry.”

In the romantic comedy, set to start shooting in New York in January, Harlow will play a woman who has shunned love and romance after being abandoned at the altar when she was 19. Ten years later, and still uninterested in love, she decides to have a child, and places a classified ad to find a man who will provide paternal services, but no emotional commitment.

Producers Jon Glascoe and Joseph Pierson are making their directorial debut with the low-budgeter, from a script by frosh scribe Terry Reed.

Last year, Cypress developed and produced its first feature, “Julian Po,” which starred Christian Slater and Robin Tunney. Pic debuted at the 1997 Deauville Intl. Film Festival and was released by Fine Line.

Prior to its feature production efforts, Cypress produced, financed and distributed numerous television projects including TNT’s CableAce award winner “The Sound and the Silence” and Showtime’s “Harrison Bergeron.”

Harlow is newly signed with UTA, where she’s repped by David Schiff and Lisa Jacobson.

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