Thurman, Biel to start ‘Playing the Field’

Thesps to co-star with Gerard Butler in soccer mom-com

Uma Thurman and Jessica Biel have signed on to join Gerard Butler in Nu Image/Millennium Films’ soccer comedy “Playing the Field.”

Gabriele Muccino is directing from a script by Robbie Fox.

Butler stars as a former pro soccer player who finds himself dodging romantic advances from soccer moms after he agrees to coach his son’s youth team in an attempt to bond with the boy.

Biel will play Butler’s ex-wife, while Thurman will play a fellow parent. Butler is producing with his Evil Twins partner Alan Siegel, as well as Jonathan Mostow, Kevin Misher and Heidi Jo Markel. Nu Image/Millennium’s Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short are exec producing the pic, which is scheduled to start production next month.

CAA packaged the project and represents North American distribution rights to the pic.

Thurman next stars in Max Winkler’s “Ceremony” and will soon be seen as Lois Lane in the comedy omnibus “Movie 43.”

Biel was recently cast in New Line’s rom-com “New Year’s Eve.” Thesp has Pascal Laugier’s thriller “The Tall Man” and David O. Russell’s long-delayed comedy “Nailed” awaiting release.

CAA reps both Thurman and Biel, who are also repped by Untitled Entertainment and Management 360, respectively.

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