Halle Berry in talks for 'Surrogate'

Would lead thriller adapted from Kathryn Mackel novel

Halle Berry is in talks to star in "The Surrogate" for 20th Century Fox.

The move follows Paul Verhoeven's boarding to develop and direct the thriller, which Ralph Winter is producing along with Deborah Giarratana, Robin Guthrie and Susana Zepeda.

Based on the 2004 book by Kathryn Mackel, the story centers on a couple desperate to have a child who find themselves in an unbearable position when they find out the surrogate they hired to carry their baby is insane.

Berry is interested in the part and Fox is keen to have her do it, though official dealmaking has yet to begin.

Berry would play the wife who wants to have the child.

The actress, repped by ICM and Vincent Cirrincione, starred as Storm in Fox's "X-Men" movies and last toplined 2007's "Things We Lost in the Fire."