Long, Diggs in ‘Best Man’

Thesps join DeSousa in U pic

Actress Nia Long (“Soul Food”) is set to co-star with Taye Diggs (“How Stella Got Her Groove Back”) in “The Best Man,” which Malcolm Lee will direct for Universal Pictures.

Melissa De Sousa also has been cast in the pic that tells the story of a group of old college friends (and some former lovers) who gather for the wedding of two of their chums.

During the gathering, old romances are uncovered, new romances begin and a novelist (Diggs) finds himself in trouble wherever he turns. In the film, Long will play an ambitious TV journalist who is reacquainted with Diggs’ character, a close friend (and almost lover) from their college days.

Spike Lee and Sam Kitt are producing under Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule production banner. Malcolm Lee also penned the screenplay.

“Best Man” begins lensing Oct. 6 in New York.

Long recently wrapped a starring stint opposite Jamie Foxx in Trimark Pictures’ “Inconvenienced” as well as a role in MGM’s “Stigmata,” which stars Patricia Arquette and Gabriel Byrne under Rupert Wainwright’s helm.

The actress, whose previous credits include “love jones,” “Friday” and “Made in America,” also co-starred in the upcoming U.K. pic, “The Secret Laughter of Women.”

Long is repped by Jeff Golenberg of 3 Arts Entertainment, the Innovative Agency’s Craig Shapiro and attorney Jason Sloane.

De Sousa, who co-starred with Malik Yoba in Miramax’s recent release “Ride,” previously has appeared in the TV series “ER” and in the features “Sugar Hill” and “Menace II Society.” The actress is represented by Todd Eisner and Mitch Geller of Writers and Artists and managed by Himber Entertainment.

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