Ian Ziering in parenting role

Thesp joins Vardalos for American Girl pic

Ian Ziering has signed on to join Nia Vardalos in Universal’s untitled American Girl project.

Newcomer Jade Pettyjohn is set to star in the Vince Marcello-directed film, which is based on the popular line of dolls and accessories. Ziering and Vardalos will play Pettyjohn’s parents.

Debra Martin Chase is producing the pic, skedded to start production later this month in Vardalos’ hometown of Winnipeg.

Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin wrote the script, though the studio is keeping the plot under wraps. Universal Home Video is on board to distribute.

Ziering, repped by Rebel Entertainment Partners and McGowan Management, is set to film a supporting role in the upcoming Adam Sandler comedy “I Hate You, Dad.”

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