Prinze at the plate for WB’s ‘Summer’

Thesp to 'Catch' in low-seven

NEW YORK — Freddie Prinze Jr. is near a deal to star in “Summer Catch,” a Warner Bros. romance that marks the feature directing debut of Mike Tollin. Prinze, who’s become one of the busiest young leading men in Hollywood, will be paid a salary in the low-seven figure range.

“Summer Catch” is set during the summer in Cape Cod, and stars Prinze as a baseball pitcher who falls in love with a rich girl he meets while playing in a hardball league. The romance is complicated by the fact that he’s poor and outside of her social strata.

The film was originally developed at Fox as a vehicle for Matt Damon. Warner Bros. picked up the film after Damon was scratched and Fox dropped the picture. The film, which is being overseen by WB exec Robert Guralnick, will be produced by Tollin, his Tollin/Robbins partner Brian Robbins and Sam Weisman. Kevin Falls wrote the script.

Prinze, known for the “I Know What You Did Last Summer” films and “She’s All That,” is repped by CAA.

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