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Gere falls for ‘Autumn’

Actor to topline UA romantic drama

Richard Gere is attached to topline United Artists’ feature “Autumn in New York.”

Pic is a romantic drama about a May-December affair between a middle-aged playboy whose lifelong practice of avoiding serious relationships is reversed when he unexpectedly falls in love with a much younger woman.

UA had no comment about Gere’s involvement in the film. Negotiations between the actor and the studio are not complete, said a source close to the project, who added that no director is yet attached.

UA is hoping to start shooting “Autumn” in the fall.

Gary Lucchesi and Amy Robinson are producing. Allison Burnett and Paul Haggis wrote the screenplay.

Lucchesi also produced 1996 Gere-starrer “Primal Fear,” the still unreleased “The Scalper” — which MGM recently acquired for domestic distribution — and HBO films “Breast Men” and “Gotti.”

Robinson’s production credits include Warner Bros. “With Honors,” and Beacon/Universal’s baseball-themed project, “For the Love of the Game,” expected to start lensing this fall with Kevin Costner in the lead.

Gere is also attached to star in Hanna Weg-scripted Cold War romance drama “Sadness at Leaving,” under development at Bel Air Entertainment.

Last year, Gere starred in MGM’s Sino-legal thriller, “Red Corner,” and in U’s “The Jackal.” He’s repped by ICM.