Ledger wooed into Hallstrom-helmed pic

Heath Ledger is set to star in Touchstone period pic “Casanova,” about the famed seducer who learns the meaning of true love when he meets a woman immune to his charms. Lasse Hallstrom will direct.

The Aussie actor adds “Casanova” to a busy ledger. He recently starred in the Terry Gilliam-directed “The Brothers Grimm” and is set to star for director Ang Lee in “Brokeback Mountain” and for director Catherine Hardwicke in “The Lords of Dogtown.”

Hallstrom has been romancing “Casanova” for a long time but laid it aside to first make “An Unfinished Life” with Robert Redford, Jennifer Lopez and Morgan Freeman. Hallstrom and producers Mark Gordon, Betsy Beers and Leslie Holleran continued developing it.

With Ledger in tow, they’ll begin production later this year. Script was originally written by Kimberly Simi and redrafted by Michael Cristofer.

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