Fox ‘Bedazzled’ with Hurley and O’Connor

Actresses join Fraser in Ramis-helmed comedy

Twentieth Century Fox is bedazzled with Elizabeth Hurley and Frances O’Connor, enlisting the pair to co-star with Brendan Fraser in the Harold Ramis (“Analyze This”) -helmed film “Bedazzled.”

Pic, which has been in development at Fox for more than two years, stepped onto the fast track when Fraser signed on in November (Daily Variety, Nov. 30).

Pic, to be produced by Ramis and Trevor Albert, is scheduled to go before cameras Jan. 24.

Ramis, Larry Gelbart (who co-wrote “Tootsie” with Murray Schisgal) and Peter Tolan (“Analyze This”) penned the new “Bedazzled,” loosely based on the 1967 Dudley Moore Faustian comedy of the same name.

The remake revolves around a nerdy, low-level technical adviser (Fraser) who enlists the help of a powerful temptress (Hurley), to win the love of a female co-worker (O’Connor).

The original film, directed by Stanley Donen and co-starring Moore and Peter Cook, centers on a short-order cook, who the devil saves from suicide and then tempts with an offer of seven wishes in exchange for his soul.

O’Connor, who is starring in Miramax Films’ “Mansfield Park,” appeared in such indie pics as “Love and Other Catastrophies” and “Kiss or Kill.” She will next be seen in Gerard Stembridge’s “About Adam” with Kate Hudson and Stuart Townsend. That pic preems at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Hurley appeared in both “Austin Powers” movies as well as “EdTV,” “My Favorite Martian” and “Permanent Midnight.”

In addition to “Analyze This,” Ramis has directed such comedies as “Caddyshack,” “Groundhog Day” and “Multiplicity.”

O’Connor is repped by CAA and Rob Marsala of the Bauer Company.

Hurley is repped by UTA.

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