Tripplehorn takes turn for ‘Mickey Blue Eyes’

Jeanne Tripplehorn, the actress who made a splash in “Basic Instinct” and “Waterworld,” is in negotiations to star opposite Hugh Grant in the Simian Films/Castle Rock Entertainment production “Mickey Blue Eyes.” James Caan also stars in the romantic comedy about an art dealer who inadvertently crosses the Mob.

In the film, Tripplehorn will play an art teacher and daughter of a mobster (Caan) who tries to shield her Manhattan art-dealer fiance (Grant) from her father’s illegal activities.

The film, set to start shooting in New York City in January, is being produced by Simian’s Elizabeth Hurley and Chuck Mulvehill. Kelly Makin (“Kids in the Hall Brain Candy,” “National Lampoon’s Senior Trip”) is set to direct from a screenplay by Marc Lawrence, Adam Scheinman and Robert Kuhn.

After debuting with roles in studio fare such as “The Firm,” “Basic Instinct” and “Waterworld,” Tripplehorn has added various indie roles to her resume, including such projects as Interscope/Ballpark’s “Very Bad Things,” Cindy Sherman’s “Office Killer,” Intermedia’s “Sliding Doors” with Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ted Demme’s upcoming Sundance entry “Snitch.” Tripplehorn also appeared on Broadway earlier this year in “Three Sisters.”

“Mickey” is the second film, after “Extreme Measures,” to be produced by Grant and Hurley’s Simian banner under their deal with Castle Rock. Warner Bros. will distribute “Mickey.”

Tripplehorn is repped by Danny Sussman and Michelle Stern of the William Morris Agency. She is managed by Cynthia Pett-Dante of Brillstein-Grey.

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