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Meryl Streep to star in ‘Library Cat’

Actress purrs for New Line's 'Dewey'

Meryl Streep is purring over “Dewey,” a fact-based film about a stray cat’s impact on the town of Spencer, Iowa. The project has landed at New Line Cinema.

Streep is attached to star in the adaptation of the Vicki Myron book “Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.” Pamela Gray will pen the script.

Streep intends to play the author, who works at the library and observed the impact that a kitten had on the townsfolk once it became the library mascot after wandering in through the after-hours book return slot on a cold night.Temple Hill Entertainment partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are setting the film at New Line, where the duo have a first-look deal. Several other studios were bidding.

Bowen and Godfrey will produce, and IPG’s Jerry Kalajian and Temple Hill’s Pete Harris will be involved in producing capacities.

Pic becomes the latest project for Temple Hill, the production company behind “Twilight” and the Jennifer Aniston starrer “Management.” Temple Hill is currently shooting the Lasse Hallstrom-directed “Dear John.” The production company has expanded with the hiring of Amanda Countner Brown as director of development, and Bowen and Godfrey just promoted Petersen Harris to VP and Matthew Cohen to creative director.

High-profile projects at Temple Hill include a Len Wiseman-directed adaptation of vidgame “Gears of War” at New Line; the Nicole Perlman-scripted “First Man: The Neil Armstrong Story” for Universal; the Wayne McClammy-directed “Le Car” for MGM; the vidgame adaptation “Zero G” at Fox; the Ritchie Smyth-directed actioner “Parkour” for New Line; and the Leslie Bohem-scripted “Paper Wings” at Sony.

Gray penned the upcoming Tony Goldwyn-directed Hilary Swank starrer “Betty Anne Waters.”

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