Rodriguez may ‘S.W.A.T.’ role

'Resident' thesp eyes Original pic

Michele Rodriguez is in negotiations to join Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson in Columbia Pictures’ “S.W.A.T.”

Move would reunite Rodriguez with Sony. Thesp made her splashy debut in 2000’s “Girlfight,” a Sundance fave that won both the director’s prize and the grand jury prize and was picked up for domestic distribbing by Sony’s Screen Gems specialty arm. She also starred in Sony’s adaptation of the vidgame “Resident Evil” opposite Milla Jovovich.

“S.W.A.T.” will be produced by Col-based Neal Moritz via his Original Film banner as well as by Dan Halstead, Oliver Stone and former TriStar Pictures topper Chris Lee.

Project, based on the 1975-1976 ABC skein of the same name, was set up as a feature at TriStar in the late 1990s with Arnold Schwarzenegger eyeing the supercop role. Story, penned by David Ayer and being rewritten by David McKenna, follows an endangered witness who must be protected from assassination by an elite team of police commandos. Rodriguez would play Denise Sanchez, the only female member of the commando team.

Project is being overseen by Columbia’s exec VP Amy Baer, reporting to president of production Peter Schlessel and Col chair Amy Pascal.

Rodriguez is being repped in the deal by the William Morris Agency.

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