“Dharma & Greg” star Jenna Elfman is negotiating for the female lead role in “Keeping the Faith,” the Spyglass Entertainment film on which Edward Norton will make his directorial debut and produce with Howard “Hawk” Koch Jr. and Stuart Blumberg, who wrote the script.
Elfman, who recently won the Golden Globe for her work in the hit ABC comedy, has been courted for several film offers during her hiatus. It’s possible she might try to squeeze in two roles, as she was said to be top choice to play the female lead alongside Tom Cruise in “Minority Report,” the drama that Steven Spielberg will direct in a co-production between Fox and DreamWorks. That film begins shooting late this summer.
It’s looking likely, though, that she might first play the woman who makes Norton and Ben Stiller question their faith in “Keeping the Faith,” which will shoot in May. Norton will play a priest and Stiller a rabbi who as children formed a friendly trio with a girl the same age who moved away when they were 12.
The guys remained friends as they pursued their separate callings. All of that changes when the girl comes back into their lives in their late 20s. Both fall in love with her, but neither can act on it; the priest must be celibate, and while the rabbi can marry, the woman is not Jewish.
The project became the first new one for Spyglass, the partnership between Roger Birnbaum and Gary Barber, who’ll distribute domestically under the Touchstone banner.
Elfman is repped by More-Medavoy, which did not return phone calls.