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Kidman to star in ‘Monte Carlo’

Actress will produce Bezucha film

Nicole Kidman is attached to star in and produce “Monte Carlo,” a romantic comedy that Fox 2000 and New Regency are co-financing. Pic will be directed and co-written by Tom Bezucha.

Project is one of two Bezucha will make for Fox 2000; he’ll also direct “Orbit,” an adaptation of the John Nance novel scripted by Sheldon Turner (“The Longest Yard”). Jennifer Klein is producing through her Apartment 3B banner.

Bezucha has just turned in a draft of “Monte Carlo” that he wrote with Maria Maggenti. Pic is an adaptation of the Jules Bass novel “Headhunters.”

Kidman, who’ll produce with Rick Schwartz, will play one of three Midwestern schoolteachers who ditch a disappointing no-frills holiday in Paris and pose as wealthy women vacationing in Monaco.

The helmer will simultaneously develop “Orbit” with Turner. That drama revolves around a civilian who, after winning a trip on a space shuttle, awakens to find himself alone and adrift after the entire crew has died.

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Turner and Klein set “Orbit” at the studio in late 2005.

“The project is a totally different kind of film for Tom, but the core of the story is the relationship stuff he’s so good at,” Turner said. “The scope of the film is enormous, but at heart, this is a family drama about a guy who was in orbit long before he went into space, when he lost his son.”

Kidman is starring with Hugh Jackman in the Baz Luhrmann-directed period epic “Australia” for Fox.

Bezucha directed “The Family Stone” for Fox 2000.

Turner has turned in a script on an “X-Men” spinoff about Magneto that David Goyer will direct for 20th Century Fox, and the scribe and Klein also are teamed on the Fox drama “Two Minutes to Midnight.”

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