Ferrera has 'Invisible' in her sights


America Ferrera has signed on to star in "An Invisible Sign of My Own," a coming-of-age drama that will also mark Marilyn Agrelo's first directorial effort since her breakout documentary "Mad Hot Ballroom."

The movie, expected to begin shooting shortly, is based on Aimee Bender's novel about a 20-year-old loner named Mona Gray (Ferrera) who as a child turned to math for salvation after her father became ill and now teaches the subject as an adult. "Wedding Planner" scribes Michael Ellis and Pamela Falk penned the screenplay.

Endeavor put together the project, which will be produced by Jana Edelbaum's iDealPartners Film Fund, the New York entity that's also behind the Uma Thurman comedy "Motherhood" and Lionsgate's Russell Crowe crime-saga "Tenderness."

Ferrera will have a relatively short window in which to shoot the movie; the "Ugly Betty" star is on an aggressive production schedule for her ABC hit, with ABC Studios still in production on the show until early May and then going back into production in June as the show shoots ahead of a potential SAG strike. Ferrera is expected to shoot "Sign" between her "Betty" shoots. (partialdiff)