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Hayek tames ‘Wild West’

Joins Will Smith, Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh

Salma Hayek has landed the female lead in Warner Bros.’ “The Wild Wild West” opposite Will Smith, Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh.

She plays Rita Escobar, a woman caught in a love triangle between government agents James West (Smith) and Artemus Gordon (Kline). Shooting is skedded to start April 22.

Barry Sonnenfeld helms the feature based loosely on the off-beat Western TV series, which ran on CBS from 1965-1970. Jon Peters and Barry Josephson produce.

Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman are the screenwriters. Exec producers are Bill Todman Jr., Joel Simon, Kim LeMasters and Tracy Glaser.

Hayek is now shooting Kevin Smith’s supernatural comedy “Dogma” with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino and Chris Rock for Miramax.

She will be seen this summer in Miramax’s “54,” in which she plays an aspiring singer and coat-check girl. Also upcoming for Hayek is director Dan Ireland’s indie feature “The Velocity of Gary.”

Hayek is also set to star in the title role of a biopic of Mexican artist and cultural icon Frida Kahlo. Her deal was negotiated by John Fogelman and Theresa Peters at the William Morris Agency.

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