'Precious' star eyes 'The C Word'

Gabourey Sidibe would play a student in summer school

Hot off her acting debut in "Precious," the film's star Gabourey Sidibe is in talks to join Showtime's comedy pilot "The C Word."

John Benjamin Hickey and Phyllis Somerville are set as regulars opposite Laura Linney in the pilot, from Sony TV and Original TV.

"C Word" stars Linney as Cathy, a suburban wife, mother and a teacher forced to face a diagnosis of cancer but who manages to find the lighter side of a dark situation.

Hickey ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen") will play her brother. Somerville ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") will play her neighbor.

Sidibe will play a student in Cathy's summer-school class. The role could be recurring for the newcomer, whose breakthrough performance in "Precious" is creating Oscar buzz.

Bill Condon is directing "C Word"; Darlene Hunt wrote the pilot.

Hunt is executive producing with Neal Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Linney.
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