Lacopo taking lead under Brady's helm

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will spin the comedy-romance “The Third Wheel” for Pearl Street Prods. and HSI Tomorrow Film.

“Wheel” is set to be the first pic to go into production for Affleck and Damon’s Miramax-based Pearl Street. The two thesps will exec produce the indie pic, and take supporting actor roles opposite lead Jay Lacopo, who wrote the script. Jordan Brady will direct.

“Wheel” also reteams Affleck and Damon with their “Good Will Hunting” co-producer, Chris Moore, who will produce the pic.

HSI Tomorrow Film is an alliance between production outfit HSI Entertainment and foreign sales company Tomorrow Film. HSI’s Stavros Merjos, Adam Rosenfelt and Chad Snopek will produce “Wheel” alongside Moore. Tomorrow’s Yoram Pelman will exec produce with Affleck and Damon.

Affleck has been loosely attached to “Wheel” for some time. Pic is about two friends, Stanley and Michael (Affleck), who plan an exciting evening for Stanley’s date with Diana, the girl of his dreams. But due to a series of mishaps the couple end up spending the evening with a con artist (Lacopo).

The roles of Stanley and Diana are not yet cast. While Affleck’s role is substantial, Damon will play the cameo role of Diana’s ex-boyfriend. Shooting is tentatively skedded to begin this June in Los Angeles.

Tomorrow’s Pelman is arranging financing for the under $10 million pic, which does not yet have a domestic distributor. Moore will rep domestic on behalf of Pearl Street.

Moore, whose Fusion Studios banner is also housed at Miramax, is currently producing Dimension Films’ “Reindeer Games,” together with Dimension topper Bob Weinstein and Marty Katz. Directed by John Frankenheimer, pic stars Affleck, Gary Sinise and Charlize Theron.

Pre-production is underway on “Reindeer” in Vancouver, and Affleck is expected to move to “Wheel” after completing work on “Reindeer.”

“Wheel” heads Tomorrow’s AFM slate of new pics. Together with Gary Fleder’s Mojo Films, Tomorrow is also co-financing “If Six Was Nine,” a fictionalized account of a Mafia-related kidnapping of Jimi Hendrix. Mojo’s Fleder, Dan Helberg and Amber Stevens will produce the pic, which is written and directed by Ray Greene.

Theater director Arvin Brown, meanwhile, will make his feature debut on the dark comedy “Lifer’s Picnic,” written by Scott Sandoe and produced by Pelman, Rosenfelt, Snopek and Sheila Wurmser.

Tomorrow will also be presenting the Kevin Pollak starrer “Deal of a Lifetime” and comedy “Attention Shoppers.”

Affleck and Damon are repped by CAA. Jon Klane Agency reps Lacopo.

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