NL’s ‘Dairy’ up Kirstie’s acting alley

Thesp to star in Jann directorial debut

Kirstie Alley has joined Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards and Ellen Barkin in New Line Cinema/Capella Films’ spoof “Dairy Queens.”

Pic, which begins shooting Aug. 3 in Minnesota, is about a small town’s obsession with a teen beauty contest. Alley portrays an overbearing, civic-minded mother who will stop at nothing to ensure that her daughter (Richards) wins the contest.

Pic marks the directorial debut of Michael Patrick Jann and is being produced by Gavin Polone and Judy Hofflund. It was written by Lona Williams.

Co-financing deal

“Dairy” is a co-venture between New Line and Capella. NL will handle domestic distribution and Capella foreign. The two companies will split the financing of the film.

NL and Capella last teamed on another spoof, “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”

New Line Prods. prexy Michael De Luca described the pic as “a dark and hilarious look at teenage beauty, ruthless behavior and small-town politics. I have always been fascinated by the concept of turning a Stepford community upside down,” he said.

Alley, who has an overall starring/producing deal with Warner Bros., last starred in Universal Pictures’ comedy “For Richer or Poorer” opposite Tim Allen.

Her other feature credits include the three installments of the “Look Who’s Talking” franchise, Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry” and Roger Spottiswoode’s “Shoot to Kill.”

For television she has starred in “Cheers” and currently appears in NBC’s “Veronica’s Closet.”

She is repped by Jason Weinberg & Associates’ Jason Weinberg, and by her attorney Barry Felson.