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DeGeneres may ink ‘Love Letter’

Thesp eyeing bigscreen pic with Capshaw

NEW YORK — Since signing off the air with her namesake TV sitcom this year, Ellen DeGeneres has been advancing her career on the bigscreen.

DeGeneres, who is filming Ron Howard’s “Ed TV” in Los Angeles for Imagine Entertainment and Universal Pictures, is in talks to star with Kate Capshaw in “The Love Letter” for DreamWorks.

Directed by Peter Chan, “Letter” is based on the Cathleen Schine novel of the same name that was optioned in 1996 by Capshaw. “Letter” is being produced by Capshaw, Midge Sanford and Sarah Pillsbury.

DeGeneres will play a manager at a bookstore that is managed by Capshaw’s character, who is trying to track down the writer of an anonymous love-letter.

This fall, DeGeneres will be in theaters alongside Patricia Arquette and Dermot Mulroney in Roland Joffe’s thriller “Goodbye Lover,” a Warner Bros. release that screened at this year’s Cannes Intl. Film Festival.

DeGeneres’ first starring film role was “Mr. Wrong” with Bill Pullman.

DeGeneres is repped by CAA’s Kevin Huvane and attorney Craig Jacobson.