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Par taps Wilson for ‘Zoolander’

Hackman's 'Behind' ahead for busy thesp

Owen Wilson (“Shanghai Noon”) will be paid north of $2 million to star in “Zoolander,” the comedy set up at Paramount with Ben Stiller helming and co-starring.

Pic, which had been in development at Fox (Daily Variety, May 25), will be produced by Scott Rudin and financed by Par-based Mandalay Entertainment. Production starts Sept. 7.

Comedy centers on a naive male supermodel character, Derek Zoolander — the figure Stiller created for the VH-1 Fashion Awards three years ago.

Following “Zoolander,” Wilson will segue into Fox/Davis Entertainment’s “Behind Enemy Lines” opposite Gene Hackman with John Moore helming.

Wilson will next be seen opposite Stiller and Robert De Niro in Universal Pictures’ “Meet the Parents,” directed by Jay Roach, due in theaters Oct. 6. He will also appear in the Shooting Gallery’s dark comedy “The Minus Man,” directed by Hampton Fancher.

His credits include “Armageddon,” “Bottle Rocket,” “The Haunting” and “Permanent Midnight.” He co-wrote “Rushmore” and “Bottle Rocket.”

Wilson is repped by UTA.

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