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Elizabeth Perkins leaving 'Weeds,' joins 'Hop'

THR EXCLUSIVE

Elizabeth Perkins is trading in her role as a conniving mom in "Weeds" for a big-screen turn as another mother figure in "Hop," the live-action/CG-animated hybrid comedy from Illumination Entertainment and Universal.

Perkins, repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, is ending her five-year run on the Showtime series, for which she has earned three Emmy nominations for supporting actress in a comedy series as well as two Golden Globe noms.

Tim Hill, who directed the hybrid "Alvin and the Chipmunks," is helming "Hop," a tale of an out-of-work slacker (James Marsden) who accidentally injures the son of the Easter Bunny (voiced by Russell Brand) and must take him in as he recovers.

Perkins will play Marsden's exasperated mother.

Illumination Entertainment's Chris Meledandri and John Cohen are producing the pic, which has just begun production.

"Hop" will be Perkins' first movie since 2005's "Must Love Dogs."

She also is developing a comedy series as a starring vehicle for herself.