'Motion' pic captures Perry, Swank


Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank are set to star in "Laws of Motion," a comedy produced by Plum Pictures, Ideal Partners Film Fund and Hilary Swank Prods. Ben Foster is in negotiations for a lead role in the film.

Perry plays a husband struggling with life in a repressive career and community along with headaches caused by his free-spirited brother (Foster) and sister. Swank will take on a supporting role as the all-too-perfect neighbor of Perry's harried character.

"Motion" is scheduled to begin production this month. Plum Pictures partners Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Celine Rattray and Galt Niederhoffer will produce the film with Ideal's Jana Edelbaum and Swank.

New York-based indie Plum Pictures has had a recent run of success with big Sundance Film Festival sales this year of James C. Strouse's "Grace Is Gone" to the Weinstein Co. and Justin Theroux's "Dedication" to First Look Pictures and the Weinstein Co. Its latest film, "Watching the Detectives," premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival, and its upcoming adaptation of Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar" will be produced with star Julia Stiles.

GreeneStreet Films International will handle international sales rights to "Motion" at this month's Festival de Cannes.

Perry, best known for starring in TV's "Friends," saw his most recent film, "Numb," also premiere at this year's Tribeca fest. He received both a Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination for his role in TNT's "The Ron Clark Story."

Swank's recent credits include Paramount Pictures' "Freedom Writers." She next toplines Warners' "P.S. I Love You," and she also will produce "Labyrinth" for Summit Entertainment, a thriller in which she might star.

Perry is repped by CAA, manager Doug Chapin, and Paul Mayersohn of Surpin, Mayersohn & Edelstone.

Swank is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and attorneys Jeff Bernstein and Karl Austen.

Foster is repped by Endeavor, Ken Jacobson Management and Patti Felker of Nelson Felker Toczek Davis.