Quartet get orders for 'Star' duty


NEW YORK -- Vivica A. Fox, Steve Guttenberg, Ryan Sypek and "Saturday Night Live" vet Cheri Oteri have been cast opposite Jessica Simpson in the comedy "Major Movie Star" for Nu Image/Millennium Films.

"High School Musical's" Olesya Rulin, "Gilmore Girls" regular Keiko Agena, Jill Marie Jones, Aimee Garcia and Gary Grubbs also star in the story of Megan (Simpson), a somewhat clueless movie star who impulsively enlists in the U.S. Army Reserve after discovering her boyfriend is gay and her cousin/accountant has stolen all her money.

Fox will play Sgt. Louisa Morley, an intimidating training officer who goes hard on Megan. Guttenberg will play the controlling agent Sidney Green, furious at her for enlisting and at Gen. Greer (Grubbs) for keeping her there. Sypek will play the handsome officer Megan falls for, Sgt. Mills Evans. Oteri will play Pvt. Jeter, the most gung-ho recruit on the base and Megan's arch-nemesis. Jones, Rulin, Agena and Garcia will play Megan's fellow reservists.

Filming on director Steve Miner's feature began Monday at Camp Minden near Shreveport, La. Oteri contributed recent revisions to April Blair and Holly Sorensen's screenplay.

The producers are Bill Gerber, Joe Simpson, Randall Emmett and Denise Di Novi. The executive producers are Avi Lerner, Michael P. Flannigan, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Joe Gatta. Stephen Emery and Dal Walton are co-producing.

Fox's credits include "Kill Bill-Vol. 1" and "Kill Bill-Vol. 2," "Soul Food" and the upcoming "Cover" and "Three Can Play That Game." She recently was in negotiations for a role in the sequel to Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" but had to bow out because of a scheduling conflict with "Star."

Guttenberg's credits include the "Police Academy" films, a guest starring role on UPN's "Veronica Mars," the upcoming indie "Making Change" and "P.S. Your Cat Is Dead!" which he also wrote and directed.

Sypek stars on ABC Family's drama "Wildfire," which just wrapped its fourth season. Oteri's feature credits include "Southland Tales," "Scary Movie" and voice roles in "Shrek the Third" and "The Ant Bully."

Jones' credits include UPN's "Girlfriends," "Redrum" and the upcoming "Perfect Christmas." Garcia recently starred on ABC's "George Lopez" and has appeared in numerous features. Prolific character actor Grubbs appeared in "Ray" and "The Astronaut's Wife."

Fox is repped by APA and manager Lita Richardson of L. Richardson Entertainment. Guttenberg is repped by management firm Binder and Associates. Sypek is repped by Paradigm and Leverage Management. Oteri is repped by Paradigm and attorney Michael Gendler.

Jones is repped by Innovative Artists and manager Nils Larsen at Elements Entertainment. Rulin is repped by WMA. Agena is repped by manager Erik Kritzer of Kritzer Levine Wilkins Entertainment. Garcia is repped by Don Buchwald & Assoc. Grubbs is repped by TalentWorks.
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