O’Keefe is ‘Teacher’s Pet’

Thesp to play disturbed girl

Jodi Lyn O’Keefe is set to star in Le Monde Entertainment/Unapix Films’ thriller “Teacher’s Pet.”

O’Keefe will play a disturbed teenage girl confined to a mental hospital after killing her parents and grandmother. Not to be thwarted, the crafty minor escapes, assuming the identity of a rich, young co-ed, and slides into the role at a nearby college where she falls for a professor.

Marcus Spiegel (“The Farmhouse”) directs from Richard Brandes’ script. LeMonde director of development Marc Forby and Unapix Films prexy Robert Baruc will serve as exec producers. Unapix’s Alicia Reilly Larson co-produces.

“Teacher’s Pet” marks the fifth co-production between Alliance Atlantis and Unapix, and second in a franchise kicked off by “Devil in the Flesh” (Rose McGowan), which aired last year on HBO.

The companies aim to produce future projects that share budget-range and genre — sexy, teen-driven, satirical dramas — and they are currently in development on a third installment. Previous Unapix/LeMonde co-productions include “Boys Club,” starring Chris Penn, and “Demolitionist,” starring Nicole Eggert.

O’Keefe starred opposite Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook in Miramax’s “She’s All That” and in “Halloween: H20,” the follow-up to the original horror pic. The actress is a series regular on CBS’ “Nash Bridges.”

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