Rudd joins Aniston in ‘Affection’

Actor Paul Rudd (“William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet” and “Clueless”) has been cast opposite Jennifer Aniston in Nicholas Hytner’s “The Object of My Affection” for the Tom Rothman-helmed 20th Century Fox film.

Laurence Mark produces the pic, which has been adapted by playwright Wendy Wasserstein from Stephen McCauley’s novel.

“Object” — slated to go before the cameras in June in New York — is a contemporary romantic comedy-drama about a woman who leases out a room in her apartment to a gay man and subsequently falls in love with him.

Rudd — who most recently appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo and Juliet” for Fox — currently is co-starring on Broadway in Alfred Uhry’s Tony-nominated “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.” He’ll leave the play in June to shoot “Object,” then will return in August to finish his run with the show.

Rudd next can be seen in the fall release “The Locusts,” which co-stars Kate Capshaw, Vince Vaughn and Ashley Judd — with whom Rudd appeared on the TV series “Sisters.”

The Kansas native broke onto the feature scene in 1995 when he co-starred in Amy Heckerling’s hit comedy “Clueless,” playing Alicia Silverstone’s earnest step-brother and would-be love interest. Rudd co-starred last year in the comedy “The Size of Watermelons.”

Fox picked up “The Object of My Affection” after Paramount put it in turnaround late last year because of similarly themed projects at the studio.

Rudd was repped on the deal by ICM, and his attorney Deborah Klein at Bloom, Hergott, Cook, Diemer and Klein.

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