Trio milking ‘Dairy’ talks for New Line

Dunst, Richards, Barkin to star in ensemble comedy

Denise Richards, Kirsten Dunst and Ellen Barkin are all in advanced talks to star in New Line’s ensemble comedy “Dairy Queens.”

Capella Intl. will co-finance and handle foreign sales; pic starts shooting July 20 in Minnesota. The companies partnered on 1997’s “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.”

Michael Patrick Jann helms “Queens,” a mockumenetary about the vicious competition between contestants in a rural Minnesota beauty pageant. New Line and Capella execs declined to comment.

Gavin Polone and Judy Hofflund are producing the pic, which was scripted by “The Drew Carey Show” co-exec producer Lona Williams.

Richards and Dunst would play two young rivals for the Junior Miss America crown, while Barkin (“Sea of Love”) would play Dunst’s mother, a hairdresser who lives vicariously through her daughter. The filmmakers are reportedly out to get Joan Cusack to play Richards’ conniving mother.

Richards (“Wild Things”) was repped in the deal by the Gersh Agency’s Chuck James and manager Carol Brodie.

Dunst (“Jumanji”) was repped by the Iris Burton Agency. Barkin’s agents at CAA declined to comment for this story.