Five game for comedy 'Faire'

Ricci, Benjamin among Renaissance actors cast in romantic romp

Christina Ricci, Owen Benjamin, Nadine Velazquez, Bill Engvall and Cedric the Entertainer are heading to the Renaissance Faire in the romantic comedy "All's Faire in Love."

Benjamin ("The House Bunny") will play an eager drama school grad whose new Renaissance Faire theater troupe makes him their fetch boy. His hopes and libido rise when he spots a Faire virgin (Ricci), but swashbuckling colleagues threaten to thwart their budding romance.

Ann-Margret, Matthew Lillard and Louise Griffiths also star in the That's Hollywood/ Patriot Pictures production. Velazquez (NBC's "My Name Is Earl") and Engvall (Blue Collar Comedy Tour) will be cast by the time cameras roll this month in Michigan.

Scott Marshall ("Keeping Up With the Steins") directs from Robert A. White's screenplay. Scott Reed and Ron Singer ("Bumper") are producing under their That's Hollywood shingle.

Patriot's Michael Mendelsohn is executive producing, financing and overseeing casting of the film. Sidney Kimmel International is handling international sales.

The project originally was titled "Ye Olde Times," with writer White initially slated to direct. The CAA/Visions Management Group-repped Cedric replaces the once-attached Jack Black as Professor Shockworthy, whose appearances bookend the film he narrates in fairy-tale style.

Ricci is repped by ICM and Management 360. Benjamin is repped by CAA and Principato Young. Velazquez is repped by Gersh and Benderspink. Engvall is repped by CAA and Parallel. (partialdiff)