Perry steps toward ‘Tango’

'Party' thesp Campbell also in talks to co-star

Matthew Perry is in talks to topline the Outlaw Prods./Warner Bros. comedy “Three to Tango,” according to sources close to the project.

If he joins the project, Perry would play opposite Neve Campbell, who’s in advanced negotiations to star in the film. Perry has been a member of the ensemble cast of the hit comedy “Friends” since 1994.

Damon Santostefano, who recently fell off TriStar’s “Idle Hands,” is attached to direct. “Tango” will be his first feature.

Robert Newmyer, Jeffrey Silver, Bettina Viviano and Keri Selig will co-produce, and Larry Abramson will exec produce. Original screenplay was by Rodney Patrick Vaccaro, with rewrite by Aileen Brosh.

Story is about an architect who is mistakenly assumed to be gay by a powerful businessman who’s considering the architect for a major design job. When the businessman asks the architect to keep track of his young mistress, the architect falls in love with her, but finds he must continue to pretend he’s gay.

Perry appeared in last year’s romantic comedy “Fools Rush In,” with Salma Hayek.

Campbell, who has starred in Fox TV’s “Party of Five” since 1994, also starred in Miramax/Dimension slasher movies “Scream” and “Scream 2.” She’s repped by CAA’s Brandt Joel and manager Arlene Forster.

Santostefano’s directing credits include television episodes of “Clueless,” “The High Life,” and Nickelodean’s “The Adventures of Pete and Pete,” which earned him an ACE award. He’s repped by UTA’s Marty Bowen and Rick Lefitz, and manager Peter Safran of Brillstein Grey.

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