Actress cast alongside Sandler for Disney comedy

Keri Russell has landed the female lead opposite Adam Sandler in Disney’s “Bedtime Stories.”

In the comedy, Russell will play a potential love interest for Sandler’s character, a harried real estate developer whose life is suddenly turned upside down when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew become real.

Adam Shankman (“Hairspray”) is helming the pic, scripted by Matt Lopez, that’s set to start lensing in February, and will get a holiday 2008 release under the Walt Disney Pictures banner.

“Stories” is being produced by Andrew Gunn’s Gunn Films, along with Sandler and producing partner Jack Giarraputo through their Happy Madison Prods. shingle.

Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Ann Marie Sanderlin will exec produce.

Russell stars in “August Rush,” and recently wrapped “The Girl in the Park,” which also features Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Alessandro Nivola.

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