'Dinner for Schmucks' casts female lead

Stephanie Szostak joins Steve Carell and Paul Rudd

Stephanie Szostak has been cast as the female lead in Paramount's "Dinner for Schmucks." The actress also recently signed with CAA.

Jay Roach is directing Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis and Lucy Punch in the comedy, based on a French film, about the most pathetic guy ever to be invited to another man's weekly dinner party. Szostak will play Julie, the girlfriend of Rudd's character.

The feature is scheduled to begin filming this fall for a July release. It's being co-financed by DreamWorks, Spyglass and Paramount.

Szostak, also repped by Principal Entertainment, appeared in "The Devil Wears Prada."