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Miramax casts Ashmore

'X2' thesp will star in Siega-helmed action-comedy

The Iceman cometh to Miramax.

Shawn Ashmore, best known for playing Bobby Drake and mutant “Iceman” in Fox’s “X2,” has now been cast in minimajor’s “The Underclassman.”

Directed by music vid and commercials helmer Marcos Siega and written by Brent Goldberg and David T. Wagner (“Van Wilder”) pic is based on an original idea by Nick Cannon, who is starring in the project (Daily Variety, June 29). Production is scheduled to begin in early October in Los Angeles and Vancouver.

“Underclassman” is an action comedy about a young cop who goes undercover at an exclusive prep high school to solve the murder of a student journalist.

Pic is produced by Peter Abrams, Robert Levy and Andrew Panay of Miramax-based Tapestry Films, while Doug Johnson and Michael Goldman of Tollin/Robbins are exec producing with Cannon.

Bob Osher, Miramax co-prexy of production will oversee production with senior VP of production Jeremy Kramer. Project had been developed by Osher, senior VP of production Christian McLaughlin and development exec Laura Rister.

Ashmore was repped by UTA and Evolution Entertainment.