Pearl will 'Wheel'
Shoot to begin on Damon, Affleck banner's 1st

Jun. 30, 1999 - By Andrew Hindes

Denise Richards and Luke Wilson will star in the romantic comedy "The Third Wheel," which begins shooting July 13 in Los Angeles for Pearl Street Prods., HSI Entertainment and Tomorrow Films.

Miramax has acquired domestic distribution rights to the pic, the first to go out under Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's Pearl Street production banner (Daily Variety, Feb. 19).

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Affleck also co-stars in the pic about friends Stanley (Wilson) and Michael (Affleck), who gear up for Stanley's date with the girl of his dreams (Richards). Due to a series of mishaps, the couple wind up spending the evening with a con artist, played by Jay Lacopo.

Jordan Brady ("Dill Scallion") directs from a script by Lacopo.

Pic is produced by Chris Moore ("American Pie," "Reindeer Games") of Fusion Studios and HSI's Adam Rosenfelt, Chad Snopek and Stavros Merjos.
Yoram Pelman of foreign sales company Tomorrow Films serves as exec producer, along with Damon and Affleck.

Richards' 'World'

Richards will next be seen in New Line's July 23 release "Drop Dead Gorgeous" opposite Kirstie Alley, Kirsten Dunst and Ellen Barkin. This fall she'll star in MGM's 19th installment of the James Bond franchise, "The World Is Not Enough."

Wilson's upcoming roles include Sony's "Blue Streak" with Martin Lawrence and "Committed" opposite Heather Graham.

Richards was repped in the deal by Chuck James at the Gersh Agency and attorney Deborah Klein at Bloom Hergott. She's managed by Carol Bodie. Wilson was repped by Nick Styne at ICM and Bob Wallerstein at Armstrong Hirsch.