McPhee joins Col's sorority


"American Idol" runner-up Katharine McPhee will make her studio acting debut in the untitled Anna Faris project for Columbia Pictures and Happy Madison. McPhee, along with Emma Stone, Rumer Willis, Kat Dennings and comedian Dana Goodman, have signed on to co-star in the comedy, which is being directed by Fred Wolf.

The script, written by "Legally Blonde" scribes Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, centers on a Playboy bunny (Faris) who gets kicked out of the Playboy Mansion and becomes the house mother to the lamest sorority on campus. The casting fills in the major roles of the sorority sisters and solidifies the project as the first female-driven comedy to come out of the shingle.

McPhee will play a pregnant hippy, while Stone will be president of the sorority.

Willis will play an insecure young woman who wears a backbrace even though she could have had it removed years ago. Dennings will portray a pierced women's studies feminist, and Goodman will play the sister who keeps switching majors and should have graduated years ago.

Also cast is Sarah Wright ("Made of Honor"), who will play a conniving young woman from the popular sorority.

Filming is scheduled to begin July 23 in Los Angeles.

Sony's Sam Dickerman and Adam Milano are overseeing for the studio, which is eyeing a late-summer start date.

Heather Parry brought the project into Happy Madison and will shepherd.

The comedy marks the second role McPhee has booked in as many months; in June, she nabbed a role in "The Last Caller," a dark romantic-comedy indie. Her casting in the Faris project, along with "Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson's acting turn in "Dreamgirls," shows that "Idol" is becoming a fertile ground for finding acting talent as well as vocal talent. McPhee is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

Stone is shooting "The Rocker" opposite Rainn Wilson and will be seen in Columbia's "Superbad," where she plays Jonah Hill's love interest.

Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, continues to make her push into the family business. She recently was cast in "The Sophomore" for the Yari Film Group and is repped by Untitled.

Dennings is best known for her performance as Catherine Keener's daughter in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," while Goodman appeared in "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo."