Griffiths, Quinn gain ‘Plain’ Hallmark gigs

Pearce to direct three tales that intersect in the Rockies

Rachel Griffiths and Aidan Quinn will topline the Hallmark Hall of Fame/CBS telepic “Plainsong,” based on the novel by Kent Haruf.

Rounding out the cast is America Ferrera (“Real Women Have Curves”).

Richard Pearce (ABC’s “South Pacific”) will direct the project, slated to commence lensing mid-May in Utah.

Set in the Colorado Rockies, “Plainsong” tells three tales — that of a high school teacher (Quinn) whose wife can’t — or won’t — get out of bed; two bachelor brothers who know little about the world beyond their farm gate; and a pregnant 17-year-old (Ferrera) with no place to turn. Their lives intersect due to the actions of another teacher, played by Griffiths.

Pic is the second project to be greenlit for Hallmark’s 2003-2004 season; production has wrapped on the first pic, “Fallen Angel,” starring Gary Sinise and Joely Richardson. Airdates have not yet been determined for either project.

Griffiths, an ensemble player on “Six Feet Under,” next appears in the features “Ned Kelly” and “The Hard Word.”

Quinn, whose recent credits include “Evelyn” and “Stolen Summer,” stars in Aisling Walsh’s feature “Song for a Raggy Boy,” which unspooled earlier this year at Sundance.

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