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Driver to do diva in ‘Phantom’ adaptation

Thesp joining Rossum, Butler for pic's September start

Minnie Driver has been set to co-star in “The Phantom of the Opera,” the Joel Schumacher-directed film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Driver will play Carlotta, the reigning opera house diva who becomes infuriated when a young rival — played by Emmy Rossum — upstages her.

Rossum, a 16-year-old vet of the Metropolitan Opera, was recently set by Schumacher and Lloyd Webber. She is stalked by the phantom, who’ll be played by Gerard Butler. The young ingenue’s boyfriend will be played by Patrick Wilson, who toplines “Angels in America” and “The Alamo.”

The film will shoot Sept. 15 at Pinewood Studios near London, with Warner Bros. distributing domestically and Odyssey Entertainment handling international sales.

Driver is in London, starring on the West End in “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” alongside Matthew Perry and Hank Azaria. The revival has been breaking ticket sales records on the West End. She will next be seen starring alongside Anne Hathaway in “Ella Enchanted” for Miramax.

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