Joining Pfeiffer, Kline

NEW YORK — Lindsay Law’s Fox Searchlight is near deals for a dream cast for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the adaptation of the Shakespeare play scripted and to be directed by Michael Hoffman.

According to sources, Rupert Everett is now poised to sign on and join Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer.

While deals with the cast are still being worked out and the film won’t be formally greenlit until this week, a March 30 start date has been set for Tuscany. Kline, who has been in talks for the film for months (Daily Variety, Dec. 9), last starred in “In & Out” and is expected to join Will Smith in the Artemus Gordon role in the Barry Sonnenfeld-directed “Wild Wild West” at Warner Bros. Pfeiffer, coming off “A Thousand Acres,” also starred for Hoffman in “One Fine Day.”

Everett, who’s coming off a starmaking turn and possible Oscar nomination for “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” is the newest addition. He’s ready to go before the cameras after finishing a British run of the Tennessee Williams play “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.”

The studio declined comment, saying only that deals hadn’t been completed yet.

Kline’s repped by CAA’s Rick Nicita, Pfeiffer by ICM’s Ed Limato, with Everett repped by ICM’s Nick Styne and Aleen Keshishian and managers Marc Epstein and Brian Swardstrom.

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