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Penn in Hand

Sean Penn may be making his big-screen directing debut with “She’s Da Lovely,” from an original screenplay by John Cassavetes--if a pending deal is completed. Penn would co-direct with Cassavetes repertory actor Seymour Cassel (“Minnie and Moskowitz”), who told us they hope to shoot in late spring.

Penn would also star, as a newlywed institutionalized because of his insane jealousy for his bride. Upon release, he discovers she’s as nutty as he is--and they fall in love all over again.

“It’s a great acting opportunity for Sean,” said Cassel. “It’s very funny and very emotional.”

Cassavetes said he’s thrilled by Penn’s interest: “I just wish he’d sit down, sign the papers and complete the deal.”

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Meanwhile, Cassavetes is busy writing the sequel to his 1980 success “Gloria” for Columbia.

Gloria will again be played by Mrs. C.--Gena Rowlands. Gloria’s days of being a gun moll are long over--she’s married to an MD in Portland, Ore., and is a mother and member of the social set--when a squad of mob hit men pull up in limos and open fire during one of her tea parties. Thereafter, she tries--without success--to persuade her family that she had a shady past and that they are in danger.

Cassavetes said he may or may not direct “II.”


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