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Douglas debutante ‘Sorority’ helmer

Rapaport pic casting for fall shoot

NEW YORK — Illeana Douglas will make her feature directorial debut on “Sorority Rule,” a comedy produced by Gotham-based Bigel/Mailer Films.

Pic’s casting up for a fall shoot. Ellen Rapoport’s script concerns an awkward female freshman, caught up in the throes of sorority rush season, who must choose between popularity and self-respect. The tone is “Animal House” from a female perspective.

Douglas has written, produced and directed three shorts. “The Perfect Woman” won best short film at the Aspen Shorts Fest and was a Cable Ace Award nominee.

She also directed “Boy Crazy, Girl Crazier” and “Everybody Just Stay Calm,” the latter an hourlong docu on the trials of indie filmmaking.

As an actress, Douglas recently shot the Eddie Murphy starrer “Pluto Nash” for Castle Rock and is starring opposite Thora Birch and Steve Buscemi in MGM/UA’s “Ghost World.” She just wrapped production on the indie “Dummy,” alongside Adrien Brody and Milla Jovovich.

Daniel Bigel and Michael Mailer are producing “Sorority Rule.” They recently wrapped the James Toback-directed “Harvard Man,” starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Adrian Grenier, Joey Lauren Adams, Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Stoltz.

Douglas is repped by AMG, scripter Rapoport by William Morris.

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