For Bosworth, decks and darkness


Kate Bosworth is in negotiations to join the cast of Columbia's untitled blackjack picture being directed by Robert Luketic. She also is in negotiations to star in the supernatural thriller "After.Life" and is venturing into producing by acquiring the film rights to a novel by Catherine Hanrahan.

For the untitled blackjack picture, previously known as "21," Bosworth joins Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne and Jim Sturgess in a story revolving around a team of brilliant math students at MIT organized by an unscrupulous professor (Spacey) who become crack card counters at blackjack tables in Las Vegas. They rake in millions until the operation comes crashing down.

Bosworth will play an unsuspecting geek who joins the team. The film begins shooting in March in Las Vegas and Boston.

"After.Life" centers on a young woman (Bosworth) in a transitional state between life and death who fights to avoid being buried alive by the funeral director who holds her fate in his hands. Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo wrote the script and is directing the Constellation Entertainment-produced film, which is scheduled to begin production this year.

ICM-repped Wojtowicz-Vosloo wrote, directed and produced "Pate," which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and won several jury prizes at festivals nationwide.

Entering the producing arena, Bosworth has acquired the rights to Hanrahan's "Lost Girls and Love Hotels." She plans to star in and produce the adaptation.

The novel centers on a woman doing everything in her power to forget her past while working in Tokyo as an English specialist at an Air-Pro Stewardess Training Institute by day while losing herself in a sex- and drug-addled oblivion by night. Bosworth is looking for a screenwriter to adapt the book.

Bosworth worked with Spacey on last summer's "Superman Returns." She recently wrapped production opposite Sigourney Weaver in "The Girl in the Park," which is serving as the directorial debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Auburn.

Bosworth is repped by UTA, JJ Harris and attorney Warren Dern.