Pullman in ‘Palace’

Thesp to play lawyer in Fox drama

Thesp Bill Pullman has inked a low seven-figure deal to star opposite Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsdale in Fox 2000’s drama “Brokedown Palace,” which starts lensing early next month in the Philippines.

The role takes Pullman back to the Fox den for the first time since he played an American president and fighter pilot in the huge 1996 sci-fi hit “Independence Day.”

Adam Fields is producing the David Arata-scripted “Brokedown Palace,” described as a contemporary drama about two teen-age women whose Southeast Asian vacation turns dangerous when they’re thrown in jail on charges of drug smuggling. Jonathan Kaplan (“The Accused,” “In Cold Blood”) is directing. Pullman will play an expatriate American lawyer who works to free the girls.

Fox exec Alex Gartner will oversee the project for the studio.

Pullman recently appeared in David Lynch’s “Lost Highway” and Wim Wenders’ “The End of Violence,” and will next be seen in Castle Rock’s “Zero Effect.” He will also perform the lead role in a one-night-only stage version of the Christmas film classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Pasadena Playhouse on Dec. 8. Show is a fundraiser benefit for pediatric AIDS.

Pullman is repped by United Talent Agency.

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