Patrick, Wood in sci-fi pic

Add talent to Williamson-Rodriguez project

Robert Patrick and Elijah Wood have joined the ensemble cast of Dimension Films’ untitled sci-fi alien project boasting the intriguing combination of “Scream” writer Kevin Williamson and “From Dusk ‘Till Dawn” director Robert Rodriguez.

The Miramax genre division is positioning the pic — currently referred to as the “Untitled Rodriguez/Williamson Project” — for a Christmas day release, backed by one of the most ambitious P&A campaigns in Miramax history, according to sources.

Williamson will write the pic and Rodriguez will direct. As ever, Dimension is being tight-lipped about the plot, but the cross-genre taste of the two mavens — encompassing horror, sci-fi and tongue-in-cheek humor — is well-known.

The project will be the third Miramax pic that Patrick has done in a row, following his roles in “Cop Land” and the upcoming “Dusk” sequel “Texas Blood Money.”

Wood, whose early pics included “North” and “The War,” generated positive buzz with his performance in Ang Lee’s “The Ice Storm.”

Also signed for the new Dimension pic are up-and-comers Clea Duvall, Shawn Hatosy and Josh Hartnett.

Duvall next stars in New Line Cinema’s “The Astronaut’s Wife,” along with Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron.

Hatosy’s credits include Miramax’s upcoming Alec Baldwin pic “Outside Providence,” “The Postman” and “In & Out.”

Hartnett is currently shooting Dimension’s “Halloween: H20.”

Patrick is repped by Joan Hyler at Hyler Management and UTA’s Claire Ryn.

Wood’s deal was done by the William Morris Agency’s Samantha Crisp.

(Andrew Hindes contributed to this report.)

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