Demme will direct and produce 'Dancing'

Anne Hathaway will lead an ensemble cast in Jonathan Demme’s “Dancing With Shiva” for Sony Classics.

Bill Irwin, Anna Deveare Smith and Debra Winger will star in the comedy based on a screenplay by Jenny Lumet, Sidney’s daughter.

Demme will direct and produce with producing partner Neda Armian and Marc Platt. He will tackle it after he finishes work on “Man From Plains,” a docu about Jimmy Carter backed by Participant Prods.

“Dancing With Shiva” is skedded to begin lensing in mid-September in Connecticut.

Hathaway, who plays Agent 99 in next year’s “Get Smart,” also stars in “The Passengers,” a drama about plane crash survivors due from Columbia next year.

Irwin and Smith both appeared in Demme’s 2004 remake of “The Manchurian Candidate.”

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