Blanchett may topline ‘Miss Potter’

Beresford pic to mix CGI with live-action biography

Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in the title role of “Miss Potter” for producers Phoenix Pictures and helmer Bruce Beresford.

Pic, penned by Richard Maltby Jr., explores the love, loss and struggle for independence of Beatrix Potter, the young spinster who overcame a domineering mother and chauvinism of Victorian England to become a bestselling author.

Project, which is going to be a combination of live action and CG animation to bring Potter’s animal characters to life, was brought into Phoenix by director of development David Thwaites, who will oversee production for Phoenix.

Blanchett’s interest was garnered after producers doctored a clip from the Blanchett starrer “Elizabeth” with a CG-animated Peter Rabbit in an emotional scene from the original movie.

Pic will be produced by Medavoy, David Kirschner and Corey Sienega. Phoenix is still negotiating with financiers to back pic, which is expected to start shooting this fall in the U.K.

Beresford helmed HBO’s “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself,” which debuts later this year.

He is attached to direct “The Blue Afternoon,” for Odyssey Entertainment. Pic, adapted by William Boyd from his own novel, is to star Oliver Martinez and Sam Neill.

Blanchett will next star in such pics as New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” and “Veronica Guerin” for Bruckheimer Films and Disney.

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