Bello joins the comedy cavalcade at Columbia

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Maria Bello is in final negotiations to join the all-star comedy cast of Columbia's untitled film project being produced by Adam Sandler and Jack Giarraputo via their Happy Madison shingle.

The script, by Fred Wolf and Sandler, revolves around high school friends who reunite 30 years later. Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Salma Hayek and Maya Rudolph are part of the ensemble.

Bello will play James' wife.

Dennis Dugan ("I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry") is directing, and Barry Bernardi is executive producing. A May start is being eyed.

Bello, repped by CAA and John Carrabino Management, recently starred in indie drama "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" and "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor." (partialdiff)
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