Tate falling for ‘Fools’

Actor near deal to star in teen rocker biopic

Fresh off his co-starring stint in Kevin Costner’s “The Postman,” Larenz Tate is in final talks to star as ’50s teen rock sensation Frankie Lyman in Rhino Films’ “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” for Warner Bros.

Gregory Nava — who most recently helmed “Selena,” the biopic of slain Tejano singer — will direct the rock ‘n’ roll biopic from a screenplay by Tina Andrews. Rhino Films’ Steve Nemeth will produce along with Paul Hall.

Pic takes place in present time and recounts — through a series of flashbacks recounted by three women, each of whom professes to be Lyman’s widow — the short and tragic life of the 1950s pop star. The story unwinds during a court case, in which each of the women is claiming the rights to Lyman’s most successful and popular song, “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?”

Warner Bros. VP of production, Michael Andreen, and senior VP of production, Courtney Valenti, have oversight duties for the studio.

Pic is expected to go before the cameras in early October, and will mainly be shot in and around Los Angeles.

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“Fools Fall” marks second consecutive feature Tate has done for Warner Bros. He finished lensing the post-apocalyptic thriller “The Postman” just two weeks ago for the studio.

After stints on various TV shows, including “21 Jump Street,” “Frank’s Place” and “The Women of Brewster Place,” Tate has garnered considerable attention for his work in a variety of film roles. He has co-starred in such pics as “Dead Presidents,” “The Inkwell” and made his feature debut in “Menace II Society.”

Tate most recently appeared in New Line’s “Love Jones,” which won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“Why Do Fools Fall” also marks Rhino’s second studio feature since the record company moved into the feature world. Nemeth is currently producing “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” under the company’s banner for Universal.

Tate is repped by CAA’s Michael Davis and Jane Berliner and managed by Helen Sugland.

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