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Kirsch Fox’s ‘Boy’ toy

'Malcolm' helmer Kwapis to direct pilot

Fox and Universal Network Television have adopted their “Boy.”

Newcomer Max Kirsch will play Marcus in the comedy pilot “About a Boy,” which is based on the feature and Nick Hornby novel of the same name.

Kirsch inherits the role from Nicholas Hoult, who played Marcus in the movie, and will play opposite Patrick Dempsey (who takes over as Will, portrayed on the bigscreen by Hugh Grant).

Also, Ken Kwapis (“Bernie Mac,” “Malcolm in the Middle”) has hopped on board to direct the pilot, which also comes from Tribeca and Working Title.

“About a Boy,” penned and exec produced by Matthew Carlson, revolves around a trust fund slacker who reluctantly befriends an eccentric 12-year-old boy.

This is the first professional acting gig for Chicago native Kirsch, who’s repped by Arlene Wilson.

Other recent castings include the following:

  • Greg Cipes (“Teen Titans”) has been added to the cast of the WB’s untitled “Gilmore Girls” spinoff from Warner Bros. TV.

    Cipes, who’s repped by Untitled and CED, will play Skinner, the head of a Venice Beach skateboarding crew. Thesp’s other credits include the upcoming feature “Club Dread” and indie film “Inhabited.”

  • Jason Ritter (“Swimfan”) will appear in the CBS drama pilot “Joan of Arcadia,” from Sony Pictures TV and CBS Prods.

    Ritter, who’s repped by Endeavor and Burstein Co., will appear in the “Freddy vs. Jason” feature from New Line.

  • New to the WB comedy pilot “Kid Mayor” is Karen Goberman, who will star as Abby, the girlfriend of a high school student who’s elected to lead a small New Hampshire town.

    “Kid Mayor” comes from Sony Pictures TV and Happy Madison. Goberman, who’s repped by SMS and Bauer Co., recently appeared in “Gods & Generals.” She’s also appeared in multiple episodes of “Law & Order.”

  • Valerie Cruz (“The Agency”) will play Grace, the inhouse psychologist at the plastic surgeon’s office in FX’s new skein “Nip/Tuck.” Cruz’s credits also include stints on “Strong Medicine” and “American Family.”

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