Raphael may be the one for Black, 'Year'


NEW YORK -- Actress-screenwriter June Diane Raphael is in final negotiations to play Jack Black's love interest in Harold Ramis' biblical comedy "Year One" for producer Judd Apatow and Columbia.

Raphael will play Maya, a woman who becomes romantically involved with Zed (Black) and another man in her village. "Superbad" leads Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse also star in the ensemble comedy.

Oliver Platt, David Cross, Vinnie Jones and Juno Temple also are in final negotiations for the film, written by Ramis, Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg. Principal photography is set to begin in January for the project, which Matt Tolmach and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing for the studio.

Raphael ("Zodiac") co-wrote the screenplay for Gary Winick's "Bride Wars," starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, for New Regency Pictures and Firm Films.

After attracting Apatow's attention from some of her writing projects, she landed small roles in two Apatow Prods. comedies: Nicholas Stoller's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" for Universal and Adam McKay's "Step Brothers" for Columbia.

Raphael is repped by UTA, Jon Rubinstein of Authentic Talent and Literary Management and attorney Jodi Peikoff.

Leslie Simmons in Los Angeles contributed to this report.