Rockwell sets ‘Moon’ unit

Buscemi interested in lead role, helmer says

Jennifer Beals and Karyn Parsons will star in “13 Moons,” a relationship comedy to be shot in digital video under helmer Alexandre Rockwell (“In the Soup”).

Ensemble pic follows one full-mooned night in the lives of eight people as viewed through events in a bail bondsman’s office. Title refers to the unusual occurrence of a 13th moon in one calendar year.

Steve Buscemi, who like Beals has been a regular cast member in Rockwell’s films, has expressed interest in a lead role. He’s trying to work the project into his sked, Rockwell said.

Buscemi would play a just-fired TV clown, Bananas. Beals (“Flashdance”) is attached as the clown’s wife; Parsons, who’s also finalizing a deal to appear in several episodes of upcoming ABC laugher “The Denis Leary Show,” is cast as Banana’s stripper girlfriend.

David Proval, who portrays mobster Richie Aprile on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” is in talks for the role of the bail bondsman.

Pic, which begins shooting in Los Angeles in mid-November with an estimated budget of $1 million-$2 million, is primarily funded through equity investments with partial additional funding through a French company, Why Not Prods.

Producer Black Horse Prods. will shop the pic on the festival circuit after it’s completed. Producers include Rockwell and his co-author, Brandon Cole.

Parsons’ role on “Leary,” a DreamWorks production set for a midseason bow, involves five of the six episodes ordered by the Alphabet net. On the show, Leary’s character has a wife and Parsons once again will play the Other Woman.

Beals is repped by Writers & Artists, and Parsons is managed by Matthew Lesher of Lesher Entertainment and repped by Don Buchwald & Associates. Buscemi is repped by the William Morris Agency; Proval is repped by the Gage Group and managed by Incognito’s Andrew Howard.

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