‘Serendipity’ for Cusak

Thesp to topline pic for Miramax, Chelsom

John Cusack will star for Miramax Films in “Serendipity,” a romantic comedy to be directed by Peter Chelsom.

He’ll play half of a couple who reunite a decade after the night they first met, fell in love and separated, convinced that one day they’d end up together. Miramax has put the film together at lightning speed since making a preemptive buy of Marc Klein’s script in a spec auction in November. Within two months, Miramax hired Chelsom, who directed “The Mighty” for Miramax and also the New Line comedy “Town & Country.”

With Cusack poised to topline, the film is on track for a summer start. The producers are Peter Abrams, Robert Levy and Andrew Panay of Tapestry Films, who last did “She’s All That” for Dimension. Chelsom’s partner Simon Fields will also produce.

Cusack will next be seen in the Stephen Frears-directed adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel “High Fidelity,” which the actor scripted along with his New Crime writing partners Steve Pink and D.V. DeVincentis; the trio wrote “Grosse Pointe Blank” with Tom Jankiewicz. “High Fidelity,” which Cusack co-produced, will bow March 31.

Cusack is repped by William Morris. The deal was made by Miramax co-president of production Bob Osher, who’ll oversee the pic with execs Julie Goldstein and Amy Slotnick.

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