Parker set for Allen’s next

Mary Louise Parker has been cast opposite Chazz Palminteri in Woody Allen’s coming Sweetland Films independent project, which begins 10 weeks of production in New York City in September, sources said Tuesday.

Parker, co-star of “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Grand Canyon,” will begin a juggling act between film production and stage work when shooting starts.

Concurrent with her appearance in the Allen film, Parker is slated to perform opposite Polly Draper (“thirtysomething”) and Loren Dean (“Billy Bathgate”) in playwright John PatrickShanley’s “Four Dogs and a Bone,”which premieres at theManhattan Theatre Club Oct. 12.

Allen’s untitled comedy, set in New York during the 1920s, is the first picture to be covered under a three-picture pact the filmmaker signed with Sweetland Films — an entity founded by former “Saturday Night Live” producer Jean Doumanian (Daily Variety, July 21).

In inking the Sweetland package, Allen exited his deal with TriStar Pictures, which covered “Husbands and Wives” and the farce “Manhattan Murder Mystery,” which opens today.

Parker’s participation in the Allen picture follows a barrage of movie appearances for the actress, who is slated to appear opposite Annabella Sciorra and Matt Dillon in director Anthony Minghella’s “Mr. Wonderful,” and in Fine Line’s first-quarter 1994 release “Naked in New York.”

Most recently, Parker wrapped work on director Joel Schumacher’s adaptation of John Grisham’s “The Client,” which was shot in Memphis and stars Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones.

Also upcoming, Parker stars as a woman with AIDS who gives up her baby for adoption in the Hallmark Hall of Fame telepic “A Place for Annie,” which features Sissy Spacek and Joan Plowright.

Parker is represented by New York-based William Morris agent Frank Frattaroli and Beverly Hills-based agents Hilda Queally and Steve Himber.

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