Linney in talks for ‘Gale’ with Spacey

Parker to helm from script by Randolph

This article was corrected on August 20, 2001.

Laura Linney is in negotiations to star opposite Kevin Spacey in “The Life of David Gale” for Universal and Intermedia.

Pic, to be directed by Alan Parker from a script by Charles Randolph, is about a professor opposed to the death penalty who winds up on death row after he’s convicted of murdering another death-penalty activist.

Linney, who was nominated for an actress Oscar for “You Can Count on Me,” will play an anti-death penalty activist — one of two female leads in the film.

The producers have been courting Nicole Kidman for the other role, but she has not committed to the part.

Nicolas Cage’s Saturn Pictures is producing “Gale” with Parker’s Dirty Hands Prods. Pic is set to start shooting in Austin, Texas, in October.

Linney, repped by ICM and AMG, completed the Mark Pellington pic “Mothman Prophecies” with Richard Gere in April. She most recently was seen in the Showtime pic “Wild Irises.”

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