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Gere's next film: ballroom dancing

After tap dancing his way through Chicago, Richard Gere will take on ballroom dancing for his next project.

The actor is set to star in Miramax's Shall We Dance?, a remake of the 1996 Japanese feature that Peter Chelsom will direct. Production is scheduled to begin in June.

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Piper Laurie has been added to the cast of the indie feature Eulogy for writer-director Michael Clancy. In the story of a family that comes together for a grandfather's funeral, Laurie will play the grandmother. Laurie is a three-time Oscar nominee, for the films Children of a Lesser God, Carrie and The Hustler.

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Jay Hernandez (The Rookie) has joined the cast of the Walt Disney Co.'s Ladder 49. Hernandez will play Keith Ellis, a newcomer to the force who is getting a feel for life as a firefighter. His credits include crazy/beautiful and Joy Ride.

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Wen Yann Shih (Timecop 2) has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox's Stuck on You for directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly. She will play the love interest to Matt Damon's character. Shih has appeared the TV shows Robbery Homicide Division, Strong Medicine and Felicity.

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Alex Rice will star in the indie film On the Corner for writer-director Nathanial Geary and producers Wendy Hyman and Marc Stephenson. Rice plays the lead role of a heroin-addicted prostitute who tries to get her life together when her 15-year-old brother finds her living on the streets.

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Nadine Velasquez (Biker Boyz) will star opposite Eddie Griffin and Breckin Meyer in the action-comedy Blast for director Anthony Hickox, the Motion Picture Corporation of America and IWP/Gemini Films. The story is set on a hijacked oil rig and centers on a righteous environmentalist who terrorizes the crew.

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British actor Kelly Brook has nabbed the female lead in the independent feature film School for Seduction for writer-director Sue Heel. She will play Sophia, a beautiful, sophisticated teacher and resident expert on men who teaches the women of a small town how to land the man of their dreams.

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