'Hot Flashes' stars Shields, Hannah, Griffith

Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Melanie Griffith, Wanda Sykes and Camryn Manheim have signed to star in Susan Seidelman’s basketball comedy “The Hot Flashes.”

Shooting starts Feb. 13 in New Orleans. The film is being produced by Nina Henderson Moore, Brad Hennig and Seidelman with Laurie Lacob exec producing. The film is independently financed by private equity investors, much of it from women and from the Silicon Valley.

Lightning Entertainment is handling foreign sales and will introduce the film to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin.

“The Hot Flashes,” penned by Hennig, centers on an unlikely basketball team of unappreciated middle-aged Texas women, all former high school champs, who challenge the current arrogant high school girls’ state champs to raise money for breast cancer prevention. Sparks fly as the women go to comic extremes to prove themselves on and off the court, become a national media sensation, and gain a new lease on life.

“I was drawn to this script because of its comedic approach in addressing the negative stereotypes of aging,” Seidelman said. “It’s about time women of a certain age were portrayed on screen in vibrant ways, and I’m convinced there is a big audience out there who will readily identify with this powerful story.”

The five actresses will attend a basketball camp together in New Orleans prior to filming. Former WNBA president Donna Orender will lead the camp and serve as the sports advisor for the film.

Seidelman’s directing credits include “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “She Devil” “Boynton Beach Club” and the pilot for the TV series “Sex and the City.”

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