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Sevigny takes whack at HBO’s ‘Borden’

Miniseries in development with Hanks, Goetzman's Playtone

HBO continues to load up on starry longform projects.

“Big Love” star Chloe Sevigny is sticking with the pay cabler: She’s attached to star in a Lizzie Borden miniseries from Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone banner.

Separately, Robert Duvall has joined Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in HBO Films’ “Hemingway and Gellhorn,” now filming in San Francisco with Philip Kaufman directing. Bryce Kass has finished writing the first half of the Lizzie Borden mini, which does not have a director onboard yet.

Borden is the infamous New England spinster who was acquitted of murdering her wealthy father and stepmother with a hatchet in Fall River, Mass., in 1892 but was up publicly condemned.

If the project goes forward, Sevigny will serve as a co-exec producer. Thesp has already been prepping for the role by spending several nights at the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast in Fall River.

Borden was previously portrayed by Elizabeth Montgomery in a 1975 TV movie.

Sevigny recently appeared in the indie comedy “Barry Munday” and will soon be seen opposite Rhys Ifans in “Mr. Nice.”

“Big Love” wraps its five-season run on HBO on Sunday.

Sevigny is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

Kass is repped by Principato/Young Management.

Meanwhile, Duvall plays a Russian general in “Hemingway and Gellhorn,” which tells the story of Ernest Hemingway’s volatile relationship with war correspondent Martha Gellhorn.

Pic co-stars David Strathairn, Molly Parker, Rodrigo Santoro, Parker Posey, Lars Ulrich, Santiago Cabrera, Saverio Guerra, Peter Coyote, Diane Baker and Tony Shalhoub.

James Gandolfini is among the exec producers of the film.

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