Actress may join franchise starring Ben Stiller

Jessica Alba is in talks to join the cast of the third installment of the “Meet the Parents” franchise, which is being prepped by director Paul Weitz for Universal Pictures and Tribeca Productions.

Alba will play a key role alongside Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner, and Owen Wilson.

Jane Rosenthal and Jay Roach are producing. John Hamburg rewrote an original script by Larry Stuckey.

Alba will next be seen in the Garry Marshall-directed ensemble romantic comedy, “Valentine’s Day.” She most recently completed filming roles in “Machete,” the drama that Robert Rodriguez is co-directing, and “The Killer Inside Me,” the Michael Winterbottom-directed adaptation of the Jim Thompson book.

Alba is repped by WME, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Warren Dern.

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