Thurman set for ‘Fiction’

Uma Thurman has landed the female lead role in writer/helmer Quentin Tarantino’s first major-studio vehicle, “Pulp Fiction,” sources said Thursday. The pic is among the first to be distribbed under the Miramax/BV banner.

As with his indie hit “Reservoir Dogs” from last year, Tarantino will write and direct “Pulp.” His longtime collaborator Lawrence Bender is set to produce for Danny DeVito and Michael Shamberg’s TriStar-based production outfit Jersey Films. Tarantino and Bender could not be reached for comment.

Earlier reports have estimated the overall value of Tarantino’s production deal at just under $ 1 million (Daily Variety, Dec. 19, 1991).

“Pulp” is described by insiders as an anthology investigating the underbelly of violent crime.

When the project originally was set as a TriStar distribution package before going to Miramax, the names of “Dogs” alums Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Harvey Keitel surfaced as contenders for roles in the pic, as did Eric Stoltz, Matt Dillon, Amanda Plummer, John Travolta and Daniel Day-Lewis.

Sources said Travolta, Plummer and Roth are still possibilities and that Bruce Willis is now a more likely sign-on after Dillon reportedly dropped out of the race.

Tarantino will go before the “Pulp” cameras himself; in “Dogs,” he died a violent death behind the wheel of a getaway car.

Thurman was recently seen as an awkward gangster’s moll opposite Robert De Niro and Bill Murray in the Universal feature “Mad Dog and Glory.” Her other credits include “Jennifer 8” and “The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen.”

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