Zeta-Jones to star in Freundlich rom-com


NEW YORK -- Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in Bart Freundlich's new May-December romantic comedy for Mark Gill and Neil Sacker's Film Dept. production outfit.

In the untitled feature, Zeta-Jones will play a single New York City mom who captures the eye of her new neighbor, a 25-year-old man. The project seems to mirror real life for the 38-year-old Freundlich, who's married to the 47-year-old Julianne Moore.

The film is set to shoot April 17, and casting hasn't been finalized for the male lead.

Tim Perell, Freundlich, Gill and Robert Katz are producing under the Process production banner. Sacker and Michael Goguen are the executive producers.

The film is one of the first for president Steve Bickel's Film Department Int'l, which will unveil its debut lineup at May's Festival de Cannes, along with the upcoming thriller "Law Abiding Citizen" starring Gerard Butler and other titles.

It also marks one of the first big deals for Cinetic Media's new management division headed by Bart Walker, who reps Freundlich and Perell.

Romantic comedies are old hat to both star and writer-director. Zeta-Jones starred in "Intolerable Cruelty" and "No Reservations," while Freundlich helmed "Trust the Man" starring Moore.

The Film Dept.'s Dan Stutz negotiated the deals with Freundlich and Perell's reps Walker, Management 360's Evelyn O'Neill and attorneys Ira Schreck and Joe Dapello, as well as Zeta-Jones' reps WMA and attorneys Sam Fischer and P.J. Shapiro.