Heading down aisle for 'Mail Order Bride'


Daphne Zuniga and Greg Evigan have signed on to star in the Hallmark Channel telefilm "Mail Order Bride."

Zuniga will play a woman whose friend dies before coming out West to be a mail-order bride. Zuniga's character takes her place in order to escape from a mobster (Evigan) who "owns her" and keeps her involved in illegal activities she doesn't want to do anymore.

The telefilm, from Blueprint Entertainment, is executive produced by Sunta Izzicupo and Dori Weiss. Anne Wheeler is directing from a script by Tippi and Neal Dobrofsky. It's being shot in Vancouver for a November premiere.

Zuniga, repped by BRS and Rain Management Group, also has another telepic in development at Hallmark that she would produce and star in; it's targeted to go into preproduction this year. She most recently recurred on the CW's "One Tree Hill."

Evigan, repped by Stone Manners, recently guest-starred on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" and CBS' "Close to Home." (partialdiff)