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Cobie Smulders nabs female lead in ‘Starbuck’

'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Avengers' thesp joins Vaughn in DreamWorks comedy

“How I Met Your Mother” star Cobie Smulders, who recently played a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in “The Avengers,” is in negotiations for the female lead opposite Vince Vaughn in DreamWorks’ untitled remake of the hit French-Canadian comedy “Starbuck.”

DreamWorks had no comment.

Original helmer Ken Scott is returning to direct from his own script.

Story follows a middle-aged man (Vaughn) whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation. When a few hundred of the children express an irrepressible need to meet their father, he must decide whether or not he will step up and reveal his identity.

Smulders is in talks to co-star as Vaughn’s pregnant girlfriend, while “Parks and Recreation” thesp Chris Pratt is set to play Vaughn’s lawyer.

Andre Rouleau will produce the pic, while Scott Mednick will exec produce with Ray Angelic and former DreamWorks exec Mark Sourian. With production skedded to start later this year, filmmakers will next cast the protag’s diverse array of children, as well as his brothers and father.

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Smulders has been receiving more offers in the wake of “The Avengers” success, as she recently wrapped Lasse Hallstrom’s Relativity pic “Safe Haven” as well as David Wain’s Lionsgate comedy “They Came Together.” She’s repped by UTA and ROAR.

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