February 7, 2007 / 7:40 AM / 12 years ago

Kate Bosworth eyes decks, death and darkness

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Kate Bosworth is in talks to join the cast of an untitled blackjack film from Columbia Pictures and to star in the supernatural thriller “After.Life”

Kate Bosworth smiles in Los Angeles June 21, 2006. Bosworth is in talks to join the cast of an untitled blackjack film from Columbia Pictures and to star in the supernatural thriller "After.Life" REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Bosworth, who portrayed Lois Lane in last year’s “Superman Returns,” also is venturing into producing by acquiring film rights to a novel by Catherine Hanrahan for a feature adaptation that the actress intends to star in.

For the untitled blackjack picture, previously known as “21,” Bosworth joins Kevin Spacey, Laurence Fishburne and Jim Sturgess in a story revolving around a group of brilliant math students at MIT.

The students are organized by an unscrupulous professor (Spacey) into a team of crack card counters at blackjack tables in Las Vegas, where they rake in millions until the operation comes crashing down.

Bosworth will play an unsuspecting geek who joins the team. The film, directed by Robert Luketic, begins shooting in March in Las Vegas and Boston.

“After.Life” centers on a young woman (Bosworth) in a transitional state between life and death who fights to avoid being buried alive by the funeral director who holds her fate in his hands.

Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo wrote the script and is directing the Constellation Entertainment-produced film, which is scheduled to begin production this year.

Wojtowicz-Vosloo wrote, directed and produced “Pate,” which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival and won several jury prizes at festivals nationwide.

Entering the producing arena, Bosworth has acquired the rights to Hanrahan’s “Lost Girls and Love Hotels.” She plans to star in and produce the adaptation.

The novel centers on a woman doing everything in her power to forget her past while working in Tokyo as an English specialist at a flight attendant school by day while losing herself in a sex- and drug-addled oblivion by night. Bosworth is looking for a screenwriter to adapt the book.

Bosworth worked with Spacey on last summer’s “Superman Returns.” She recently wrapped production opposite Sigourney Weaver in “The Girl in the Park,” which is serving as the directorial debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Auburn.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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