'Bridesmaid' draws New Line down aisle

New Line Cinema has acquired Nina Colman’s romantic comedy pitch “Always a Bridesmaid” as a starring and producing vehicle for Marissa Jaret Winokur, who won a Tony for her perf in the Broadway musical “Hairspray.”

Winokur brought the project to New Line and will produce with her manager, Michael Valeo, and with Pam Post and Channing Dungey of Dexterity Pictures. Deal was announced by New Line production prexy Toby Emmerich.

New York-set story focuses on a trio of bridesmaids. In her first starring feature role, Winokur is set to play a quirky East Village girl who is a perennial bridesmaid until she finds love in the unlikely form of a Connecticut blueblood lawyer.

“This story is the ideal vehicle for Marissa, whose remarkable talent and energy has helped make ‘Hairspray’ such a phenomenon,” said New Line co-chairman and co-CEO Michael Lynne. “She gets to be funny, she gets to be heartwarming, and she gets the guy.”

Winokur starred as Baltimore teen sensation Tracy Turnblad in the “Hairspray” musical, which was based on New Line’s 1988 John Waters movie of the same name.

“This is also an indication of how we are able to identify fresh and exciting talent from our Broadway ventures who can cross over into film through our motion picture division,” Lynne said. “These are for the most part performers who have not had much exposure in films, so they’re very fresh faces.”

Lynne said the project will be put on the development fast track, with Colman scripting, as New Line looks to attach a director.

Winokur recently starred in ABC Family romantic comedy “Beautiful Girl,” the network’s top-rated movie of last year. She currently is working on ABC pilot “Furst Family.”

New Line senior VP of production Mark Kaufman, VP of production Matt Moore and creative exec Luke Ryan will oversee the project for the studio.

Colman wrote indie comedies “The ‘M’ Word” and “Meet Prince Charming.” Early last year, the screenwriter set up two projects at Myriad Pictures: romantic comedy “I’ll Be You” and college campus thriller “Breaking the Girl.”

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