'6 Wives' for Allen, Cuthbert


Tim Allen and Elisha Cuthbert have signed on to star in the indie "The Six Wives of Henry Lefay."

"Shrek the Third" scribe Howard Gould will direct the family dramedy, which is scheduled to begin shooting next month in Connecticut.

Holly Wiersma and David McIlvain are producing "Six Wives," which centers on a man (Allen) whose wife and five ex-wives — ranging in age from 25 to 55 — fight over his will when they believe he is dead. Cuthbert will play his daughter, who has never married. Andie MacDowell, Paz Vega, Kelli Garner and S. Epatha Merkerson are negotiating to play the eponymous spouses.

Gould, a one-time TV writer who worked with Allen on "Home Improvement," also penned "Six Wives," which is described as nonlinear in structure.

Allen, who starred in the surprise boxoffice hit "Wild Hogs," most recently wrapped David Mamet's drama "Redbelt." He is repped by WMA and Messina/Baker.

Cuthbert, whose credits include "Captivity" and "The Girl Next Door," was a longtime star of the Fox series "24." She is handled by the Gersh Agency and John Carrabino Management.