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Swain signs to top ‘Tart’ for Interlight

Thesp takes over for Paquin in Green Moon prod'n

Dominique Swain is set to star as a precocious teen living the fast life amid New York City’s underground club scene in “Tart,” from Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith’s Green Moon Prods. and Interlight Pictures.

The young thesp, who portrayed the definitive adolescent minx in Adrian Lyne’s 1998 remake of “Lolita,” replaces Anna Paquin, who was originally attached to “Tart” but backed out to play a high schooler with psychic powers in Bryan Singer’s “X-Men.”

Tyro helmer Christina Wayne directs from her own 1980s-set script, a dark coming-of-age drama.

Bijou Phillips (“Sugar Town”), Brad Renfro (“Apt Pupil”) and Mischa Barton (“Lawn Dogs”) will play the private school girl’s tony pals; Griffith will make a cameo appearance. Alberta Watson (“Spanking the Monkey”) is also in talks to join the cast. Lensing is skedded to begin mid-November in New York and Toronto.

Interlight is financing the pic, and principals Patrick Choi and Nile Niami will serve as producers, along with Green Moon’s Diane Sillan Isaacs. GM’s Sam Gaglani brought the project to the company.

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Swain will appear in New Line’s upcoming “Happy Campers” along with Renfro.

Swain is repped by Tracy Brennan, Phillips by Nick Styne and Barton by Lisa Gallant and Nikki Pfeffer, all of ICM. Renfro’s deal was brokered by UTA.

Green Moon will release its first pic, “Crazy in Alabama,” this week. Pic is Banderas’ directorial debut.

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