Peet may taste New Regency’s ‘Vanilla’

To join Gellar and Flanery in low-budget romantic comedy

Amanda Peet is in advanced negotiations to join the cast of New Regency’s low-budget romantic comedy “Vanilla Fog,” joining vampire-slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar and Sean Patrick Flanery, according to sources.


New Regency’s “Vanilla,” to be directed by first-timer helmer Mark Tarlov, who’s also producing, follows a department store executive (Flanery) who tries to resist his attraction to a young woman (Gellar) he believes possesses magical powers. Peet would play the exec’s fiancee.


“Vanilla” is skedded for a May 25 start date in New York. It will be the first film Arnon Milchan’s New Regency distributes under its new financing and production deal at 20th Century Fox, which goes into effect June 1.


Judith Roberts and Elisabeth Robinson scripted “Vanilla.” Producing are Robinson, John Fiedler and Joe Carcacciolo.


But Peet’s dance card is filling fast: sources said she’s also signed on for smaller roles in Universal’s Bette Midler comedy “Isn’t She Great,” and Miramax ensemble drama “Dancing About Architecture,” opposite such stars as Gena Rowlands and Sean Connery.


U’s “Isn’t She Great,” scripted by Paul Rudnick, is about the author Jacqueline Susann. Nathan Lane also stars in the Paul Rudnick-scripted pic. Andrew Bergman will helm and Mike Lobell is producing.


Peet’s other film credits include Ed Burns romantic comedy “She’s The One,” and George Clooney/Michelle Pfeiffer love story, “One Fine Day.” She has recently wrapped Hi-Rez Films indie feature “Whipped,” directed and written by Peter Cohen.


Peet’s deals are handled by Stephen Hirsh and Larry Taube of the Gersh Agency.