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Duplass, Kingsley attending ‘Convention’

Jennifer Aniston circling female lead in quirky sci-fier

Mark Duplass and Ben Kingsley are attached to star in Paul Schiff Productions’ quirky sci-fi comedy “Convention,” while Jennifer Aniston is circling the pic’s female lead.

Commercial helmer Justin Reardon will make his feature directorial debut from a script by Christopher Painter. Paul Schiff (“Rushmore”) will produce with Tai Duncan (“Tenure”).

Set at a national box convention, indie pic will star Duplass as an inventor who unveils his latest creation: the five-sided box. The mysterious new design initially seems perfect, until the inventor learns that each time he creates its special fold, he rips a hole in the space-time continuum. It’s up to him and his sister to put things back together and save the world.

Aniston is circling the role of Duplass’ sister, though she hasn’t officially committed as producers haven’t settled on a firm start date. Kingsley is slated to play a legend in the business who buys the five-sided box and nearly brings down the world.

CAA and ICM are co-repping pic’s North American distribution rights.

ICM-repped Duplass, who currently appears in Lawrence Kasdan’s “Darling Companion,” next stars in Alex Kurtzman’s DreamWorks drama “People Like Us” and the festival favorites “Safety Not Guaranteed” and “Your Sister’s Sister,” both of which he exec produced.

Kingsley recently starred in “Hugo” and can currently be seen in “The Dictator,” while Aniston, who recently toplined Universal’s “Wanderlust” with Paul Rudd, is slated to star in New Line’s comedy “We’re the Millers” and Dan Schechter’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s “The Switch.”

CAA reps both Kingsley and Aniston, who are also respectively repped by Independent Talent Group and attorney Rick Genow, and Brillstein Entertainmnent Partners and attorney Craig Jacobson. Reardon is repped by ICM and The Arlook Group, while Kaplan/Perrone reps Painter.

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