ROLE CALL: Blanchett Is “Shipping,” Buscemi’s “Disturbance”

Cate Blanchett is in negotiations to join co-star Kevin Spacey in Miramax’s “The Shipping News,” the film adaptation of Annie Proulx’s 1994 Pulitzer prize-winning novel. The film is to be directed by Lasse Hallstrom (“Chocolat“).

The story centers around a man (Spacey) who must rebuild his life after his wife runs off with his two daughters and sells them into prostitution. Blanchett will be playing the role of the ex-wife, Petal Bear.

Principal photography is scheduled to start before the potential strikes occur.

Blanchett, now being seen in the tense drama “The Gift,” recently wrapped production on New Line’s “Lord of the Rings.”

A “DOMESTIC” BUSCEMI: Steve Buscemi (“Fargo“) has signed to play a supporting role in Harold Becker‘s newest film, “Domestic Disturbance,” for Paramount. Shooting started Monday in North Carolina.

Buscemi will join John Travolta and Vince Vaughn in a tale about a divorced dad (Travolta) who finds out unexpectedly that his 11-year old son’s new stepfather (Vaughn) is not what he made himself out to be and must somehow save his son from the potential danger.

Buscemi most recently starred in “Double Whammy,” which was picked up for domestic distribution at the recent Sundance Film Festival.

GRAHAM, TOMEI SEEK “SEX”: Heather Graham (“Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me”) and Marisa Tomei (“What Women Want“) are in negotiations to star in director Daisy Mayer’s comedy “The Guru of Sex,” about a young man from India who comes to New York, seeking his fame and fortune. After a few hits and misses, he ends up becoming a guru for spiritual enlightenment through sex. Graham and Tomei will play two women instrumental in his rise to fame.

As a sidenote, Heather Graham may need a little real life sexual guidance. Seems ex-boyfriend, actor-director Edward Burns (“Saving Private Ryan“), who only broke off from Graham recently, is getting married to supermodel Christy Turlington, who recently broke up with actor, Jason Patric. Can we say rebound?