Seven bound for Swicord's 'Book Club'


Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Kevin Zegers, Hugh Dancy, Maggie Grace, Amy Brenneman and Jimmy Smits are lining up to star in "The Jane Austen Book Club," Robin Swicord's adaptation of the Karen Joy Fowler novel.

John Calley and Mockingbird Pictures' Julie Lynn are producing the ensemble drama, which Sony Pictures Classics is expected to distribute.

The story revolves around a California-based group of women and one man who form a club that meets periodically to discuss Jane Austen novels. As they meet, their lives unfold, with marriages being tested, affairs beginning, unsuitable arrangements becoming suitable and love happening.

Brenneman will play Sylvia, whose husband Daniel (Smits) leaves her after 32 years of marriage. Bello will play Jocelyn, her best friend who never married. Zegers will play an oversexed teen who gets involved with one of the club's members, while Blunt will portray Prudie, a teacher with a worthy husband but is nagged by fantasies of sex with other men. Grace will play the lesbian daughter of Sylvia and Daniel, while Dancy is Grigg, a sci-fi fan and computer whiz.

The movie is scheduled to begin shooting Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Bello is onscreen in "Flicka," while Blunt's credits include "The Devil Wears Prada." Brenneman is best known for starring on "Judging Amy," while Smits was most recently seen on "The West Wing." The four are repped by CAA.

Grace, best known for her work on "Lost," next appears in "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing." She is repped by ICM , One Management and Barnes Morris.

Dancy, repped by WMA, will next be seen in the horror fantasy "Blood and Chocolate."

Zegers just wrapped production of "The Stone Angel," with Ellen Burstyn and Ellen Page. He is repped by ICM and Paul Nicholls of Artistry Management.