Shatner is king of ‘Congeniality’

Thesp to play emcee in Bullock vehicle

William Shatner will play a beauty pageant emcee/ loose cannon in Castle Rock Entertainment’s “Miss Congeniality,” Pic, skedded to go before cameras next month, stars Sandra Bullock.

Pic concerns an FBI agent (Bullock) who must infiltrate the Miss Liberty pageant as Miss New Jersey in order to defuse the threat from a potential terrorist.

Shatner will play the pageant’s longtime emcee who has been told that this will be his last year to host the event.

Also joining the cast is Jennifer Gareis (“The Sixth Day”) as the real Miss New Jersey who Bullock must push out of the way, Wendy Raquel Robinson (“Ringmaster”) as Miss California and Diedre Quinn as Miss Texas.

All of the new cast members are repped by Harry Gold and Darryl Marshak of Gold/Marshak/Liedtke; Shatner is managed by Larry Thompson at the Larry Thompson Organization; Gareis by Ton Benson at Third Hill Entertainment; and Robinson by Nile’s Kasha at King Management and Patty Woo of G/M/L.

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