Actress cast alongside Sandler for Disney comedy
Keri Russell has landed the female lead opposite Adam Sandler in Disney's "Bedtime Stories."
In the comedy, Russell will play a potential love interest for Sandler's character, a harried real estate developer whose life is suddenly turned upside down when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew become real.
Adam Shankman ("Hairspray") is helming the pic, scripted by Matt Lopez, that's set to start lensing in February, and will get a holiday 2008 release under the Walt Disney Pictures banner.
"Stories" is being produced by Andrew Gunn's Gunn Films, along with Sandler and producing partner Jack Giarraputo through their Happy Madison Prods. shingle.
Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Ann Marie Sanderlin will exec produce.
Russell stars in "August Rush," and recently wrapped "The Girl in the Park," which also features Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth and Alessandro Nivola.
'Bedtime' a dream job for Russell
Keri Russell is in negotiations to star opposite Adam Sandler in "Bedtime Stories," Disney's family comedy being directed by Adam Shankman.
The Matt Lopez-scripted "Bedtime" features Sandler as a harried real estate developer whose life is turned upside down when the lavish bedtime stories he tells his niece and nephew begin to come true.
Russell would play Sandler's potential love interest.
The film will be produced by Andrew Gunn's Gunn Films and Sandler and Jack Giarraputo's Happy Madison Prods. Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot and Anne Marie Sanderlin will serve as executive producers.
Jason Reed, executive vp production at the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, will oversee.
Production is due to start in February.
Russell stars in current release "August Rush" and is coming off strong notices for her performance in the indie drama "Waitress." She is repped by WMA, the Burstein Co. and attorney Robert Offer.