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Zeta-Jones cooking up 'Martha' lead

Catherine Zeta-Jones is set to play a high-powered chef in Castle Rock's romantic comedy drama "Mostly Martha," which Scott Hicks will direct from a screenplay by Carol Fuchs.

The film, an adaptation of Sandra Nettlebeck's 2001 German feature "Bella Martha," will be co-financed and distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures.

Sergio Aguero and Kerry Heysen are producing, with Bruce Berman and Susan Cartsonis serving as executive producers. Production is expected to begin in January.

The plot line follows Zeta-Jones' chef as her life changes when she becomes the guardian of her young niece.

An Oscar winner for best supporting actress for "Chicago," Zeta-Jones next stars in Sony Pictures' "The Legend of Zorro," set for release next month.

Hicks, whose most recent feature was 2001's "Hearts of Atlantis," directed "Shine," which earned five Oscar nominations, including best director and best original screenplay for Hicks.

Zeta-Jones and Hicks are both repped by CAA.

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