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Ed Harris is in talks to join Vince Vaughn in Gregory Mosher’s “The Prime Gig” for Cary Woods’ Independent Pictures. Pic is about a young telemarketer (Vaughn) who goes to work for a polished con man. A plan to steal an elderly woman’s life savings causes the telemarketer to rethink things.

Harris has recently starred in “Stepmom” and “The Truman Show.” He is repped by CAA.

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John Goodman has joined the cast of Touchstone Pictures’ “Coyote Ugly” for producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Melanie Lynskey and Izabella Miko have also signed on to the pic that centers around a young woman (Piper Perabo) who works the bar in the New York nightspot Coyote Ugly. Lynskey will play a wisecracking, twentysomething Jersey girl and best friend to Perabo’s character.

The trio joins Maria Bello and Adam Garcia who are already in place in the David McNally-directed film.

Goodman’s most recently starred in the Coen Brothers’ “The Big Lebowski.” Lynskey is currently onscreen in New Line’s “Detroit Rock City.”

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Kate Hudson is set to join Richard Gere, Helen Hunt, Liv Tyler and Claire Danes in Robert Altman’s indie romantic comedy about a gynecologist (Gere) and the many women in his life, “Dr. T and the Women.”

Hudson will play Gere’s daughter, a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader in the process of planning her wedding. She’s lensing DreamWorks’ untitled Cameron Crowe project, and will be seen in the upcoming WB drama “Gossip” and Miramax’s “All About Adam.” She is repped by ICM.

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Kim Delaney has signed to join Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins and Connie Nielson in Disney’s “Mission to Mars” for director Brian De Palma.

Delaney will play an astronaut and wife of Sinise’s character. Tom Jacobson and Sam Mercer are producing. Filming is currently under way in Vancouver. Delaney, known for role on ABC’s “NYPD Blue,” will appear in Paramount’s upcoming “Rules of Engagement.” Actress is repped by the Gersh Agency.

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Poppy Montgomery and Heather Burns have joined the cast of Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson’s new police recruit series “The Beat” for UPN.

Montgomery recently starred in Garry Marshall’s “The Other Sister” and Universal’s “Life.” She is repped by CAA. Burns last appeared in Warner Bros.’ “You’ve Got Mail.” Thesp is repped by Endeavor.

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