Drew plays ‘Mind’ games

Thesp to join Clooney, Rockwell in Kaufman adaptation

NEW YORK — Drew Barrymore will play the female lead in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” the George Clooney-directed Miramax adaptation of the Chuck Barris memoir.

Barrymore will join Sam Rockwell and Clooney in the quirky comedy, scripted by Charlie Kaufman (“Being John Malkovich”).

Barrymore, who opens Friday in the Penny Marshall-directed Columbia drama “Riding in Cars with Boys,” will once again be paired with Rockwell, who played her lover (and the villain) in “Charlie’s Angels.” Here, Rockwell plays Barris, the gameshow magnate who claims he was drafted to become a government-sponsored assassin.

Clooney, who with Section Eight partner Steven Soderbergh is producing with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance, plays the CIA operative who recruits Barris. As director, Clooney recruited Barrymore, who worked out her schedule so that she could do “Dangerous Minds” without interfering with “The Duplex,” the other Miramax film she’s toplining this fall with co-star Ben Stiller.

She is repped by Endeavor and attorney Steve Warren.

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