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Danny Aiello will co-star with Joe Mantegna in Lolafilms’ comedy feature “Off Key,” for Spanish helmer Manuel Gomez Pereira (“Boca a Boca”). The film centers around a trio of opera stars reunited by a wedding 10 years after their stormy breakup. Aiello is repped by Paradigm.Amy Jo Johnson, a series regular on the WB’s “Felicity,” will co-star with Alex Hyde-White, Annabeth Gish and Frank Whaley in the feature “Pursuit of Happiness” for helmer John Putch (“Valerie Flake”) and the Martindale Group (TMG Films). Johnson is repped by IFA and manager Joannie Burstein.

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British thesp James Dreyfus, currently starring in the U.K.’s top-rated series “Gimme Gimme Gimme,” will join Bette Midler in her Columbia/CBS pilot “Bette.” Dreyfus, familiar to American audiences from his supporting turn in “Notting Hill,” is managed in the U.S. by Gilbert/Coates and repped in the U.K. by Cassie Mayer.

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Tamlyn Tomita (“The Joy Luck Club”) is set as a series regular on the Imagine/ABC pilot “The Beast.” Next up for Tomita is “Betty Anderson” for experimental filmmaker Mako Kamitsuna. She’s repped by the Artists Group.

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Catherine Dent (“One Life to Live”) will co-star with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Michael Rooker in “The Replicant.” She’s repped by Paradigm and Davis Spylios Management.

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Romany Malco (“Urban Menace”) has joined the cast of UPN’s one-hour pilot “Level Nine.” He’s repped by GVA Talent Agency.

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Maria Canals, who has a recurring role on Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers,” will co-star with comic Freddy Soto in his untitled pilot for UPN. Canals, who’s also been cast in Gregory Nava’s pilot “American Family” for CBS/Greenblatt Janollari, is repped by Writers & Artists and Grandview Entertainment.

Sebastian Tillinger (“Naomi and Wynonna: Love Can Build a Bridge”) is also set for the Soto pilot. He’s repped by Metropolitan and manager Danielle Allman at InnerAct Entertainment.

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Kelly Perine (“The Parent ‘Hood”) will join comic Flex in his pilot “Single Dad” for UPN/Greenblatt Janollari. He’s repped by Abrams Artists and Sarabeth Schedeen Management.

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Laurie Holden, who has a recurring role as Marita Covarubbias on Fox’s “The X-Files,” is lensing the telepic “The Man Who Used to Be Me” with William Devane and Rob Estes for Fox Family Channel.

Holden is repped in the U.S. by MKS & Associates, and in Canada by Tyman Stewart of Characters. She’s managed by Gordon Gilbertson of Gilbertson/Kincaid.

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Veteran thesp Woody Brown (“The Accused”) has joined the cast of Barnholtz Entertainment’s “Backyard Dogs” for writer-director Robert Boris (“Oxford Blues”). Brown is repped by Meridian.

Also on board for “Dogs” is Scott Hamm, who’s repped by Coast to Coast Talent Group.

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