Pearce, Taylor down for ‘Down’

Thesps to star in DVC drama

Guy Pearce (“L.A. Confidential”) and Lili Taylor (“I Shot Andy Warhol”) are set to star in DVC Entertainment’s indie film “A Slipping Down Life,” based on the novel by Anne Tyler.

Irma P. Hall, Tom Bower and Bruno Kirby also are attached to appear in supporting roles in the pic, which is slated to go before the cameras in Austin, Texas, July 6.

Pic is produced by Richard Raddon, co-produced by Steve Brown and exec-produced by Derinda Dallas and Robin Lieberman. Austin-based DVC Entertainment, which is operated by Dallas and Lieberman, is fully financing the low-budget indie.

“Slipping Down” will mark the directing debut of Toni Kalem, who also penned the adaptation of Tyler’s novel about Evie Decker (Taylor), a shy young woman who falls in love with pop star Drumstrings Casey (Pearce), after hearing his voice on the radio.

Summoning the courage to pursue the singer, Evie starts to break out of her shell, and she eventually marries him. The story, set within the music world, then chronicles the marriage of a pair of opposites.

Taylor won a special jury prize from the Sundance festival in 1996 for her performance in “I Shot Andy Warhol.” Her other credits include “Say Anything,” “Mystic Pizza,” “Household Saints” and “Short Cuts.”

Taylor is repped by the William Morris Agency and manager Jason Weinberg.

Coming off the critically acclaimed “L.A. Confidential,” Pearce recently completed a co-starring stint with Robert Carlisle in Fox 2000’s “Ravenous,” helmed by Antonia Bird. He also starred in the Oz hit “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” Pearce, a musician and singer in his own right, will perform all the songs in “Slipping.”

He is repped by Chris Andrews of ICM and his Australian agent, Anne Churchill-Brown.