Amick climbs from ‘Peaks’ to ‘Paradise’

“Twin Peaks” alumna Madchen Amick has been cast as the femme lead in the caper comedy “It Happened in Paradise,” which stars Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz, sources said Friday.

The pic is a Paradise Pictures production for 20th Century Fox, which George Gallo will direct and also produce with John Davidson.

Sources said the medium-range budgeted pic will start shooting this week in an undisclosed Canadian locale.

Set in the small town of Paradise, “Paradise” is about three brothers who unwittingly become the objects of keen interest from both cops and gangsters, who chase them all over the countryside. Amick plays Cage’s love interest.

Insiders said the film had elements to it along the lines of Martin Brest’s Robert de Niro/Charles Grodin chase pic “Midnight Run.”

Amick also stars with James Spader in Gramercy/Propaganda Pictures’ upcoming sex-thriller “Dream Lover,” which is helmed by Elia Kazan’s son, Nick. It’s skedded for early spring release.

“Dream” is about a trusting man who marries a seemingly wholesome woman, and they become the All-American couple. But the woman has a checkered past and dark secrets, and soon manipulates hubby right into lockup on a fake abuse charge. When he finally escapes, he tracks the woman back to her hometown to find out who he really married.

Amick achieved near-cult status with all the other twentysomethings in David Lynch’s offbeat “Twin Peaks,” in which she played Shelly, the diner waitress who served agent Dale Cooper his cherry pie and coffee while dodging a psycho spouse.

Larry Shapiro manages Amick’s career and her agency rep is Steve Small at International Creative Management.