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Pullman leaps into ‘Lake’

He'll star in Phoenix Pictures' actioner

Bill Pullman, last spotted in “Zero Effect,” has bitten into a role as a crocodile-hunting game warden in Phoenix Pictures’ “Lake Placid,” the company confirmed Tuesday.

Oliver Platt and Bridget Fonda are also in final talks to co-star in the pic about the hunt for a giant crocodile that gets loose in a Maine lake.

Pic, which will cost between $25 million and $30 million, starts shooting in Vancouver later this summer. It still has yet to be decided whether Sony Pictures Entertainment, where Phoenix is based, will distrib domestically. Phoenix picked up the film last summer after it was put in turnaround by Fox 2000.

Steve Miner (“Big Bully,” “My Father the Hero”) is helming from a script by David E. Kelley.

Kelley is also producing with Michael Pressman and Peter Bogart.

“Bill’s a great actor and he’ll have a great cast behind him,” said Mike Medavoy, chairman of Phoenix. “It also has a sense of humor, a David Kelley sense of humor.”

Kelley is the creator of such shows as “Picket Fences,” “Chicago Hope” and the current offbeat dramedy series “Ally McBeal.”

Phoenix senior exec VP Rick Hess will oversee the project for the company.

Pullman’s recent credits include “Independence Day” and “While You Were Sleeping.”

Platt is currently out in “Bulworth” opposite Warren Beatty; other credits include “Dangerous Beauty,” “A Time to Kill,” “Three Musketeers” and “Diggstown.”

Fonda is due out later in “A Simple Plan.” She has also appeared in “Jackie Brown,” “Single White Female,” “Point of No Return,” “It Could Happen To You” and “City Hall.”

UTA repped Pullman in the deal.

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