Shue may step into ‘Molly’ role

Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue is in talks to star in the MGM comedy “Molly,” under the direction of John Duigan.

Shue (“The Saint”) received an Oscar nom for her portrayal of the prostitute Sera in Mike Figgis’ indie hit “Leaving Las Vegas.”

Duigan’s most recent directing credit is indie pic “Lawn Dogs,” a festival hit. Other helming efforts include “The Leading Man,” “Sirens” and “Flirting.”

Amy Heckerling (“Clueless”) is attached to produce. Bill MacDonald (“The Saint,” “Sliver”) also will produce.

MGM purchased “Molly” as a spec script earlier this year from freshman feature scribe Dick Christie, in a preemptive bid reportedly for $700,000 against $1 million.

Pic, said to be on the fast track, is slated for release sometime in 1998.

“Molly” is about a man who takes care of his autistic sister after she is released from an institution. Soon after, a miraculous medical treatment is discovered that not only cures the woman of her autism, but transforms her into a genius.

Shue is repped by CAA.

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