Lucy Punch hangs with 'Schmucks'

Actress circles comedy starring Steve Carell

Lucy Punch is dressing up for "Dinner for Schmucks."

The British actress, who was recently cast in the role Nicole Kidman vacated in Woody Allen's next film, is in final negotiations to join Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in the Paramount comedy. Jay Roach is directing the long-in-development laugher, scheduled to begin filming in October.

Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes are producing the remake of the 1998 French film "Le diner de cons" (The Dinner Game), written and directed by Francis Veber. The new version, which involves the most pathetic guy ever to be invited to another man's weekly dinner party, is scheduled to be released in July.

The film is being co-financed by DreamWorks, Spyglass and Paramount.

Punch, repped by ICM, Benderspink and United Agents, next appears in the Universal comedy "Young Americans," scheduled for release in January, and Allen's untitled film, which he shot this summer in London.

She's had roles on the CBS series "The Class" and in the films "Hot Fuzz" and "Ella Enchanted."
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