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Katherine Heigl period drama heading to Summit


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Call it the “Curious Case” of Katherine Heigl.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” star has agreed to star in a period romantic drama named “Adaline,” about a young woman who doesn’t age but somehow manages to fall in love despite spending years in isolation.

Summit Entertainment announced this morning that it has acquired the domestic rights to the picture, which director Andy Tennant (“Hitch,” “Sweet Home Alabama”) will lense in March, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Heigl isn’t exactly a box office risk, though her movie career hasn’t quite taken her to the next level of stardom. Her current film, “Life As We Know It,” has earned $43 million to date. She has seen some success with romantic comedies like “The Ugly Truth” ($88M) and “27 Dresses” ($76M) – and, of course, “Knocked Up,” which gets credit for being a Judd Apatow production. But she has yet to try her hand at big-screen drama, so it will be interesting to see if audiences follow her down this path.

Right now, “Adaline” is set for a 2012 release date.

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