February 26, 2008 / 9:14 AM / 10 years ago

Selma Blair playing lesbian teacher in comedy

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Selma Blair is in final negotiations to play a lesbian high school teacher romantically involved with a student in the indie black comedy “Driving Lessons.”

Selma Blair arrives at the 2008/2009 Marc Jacobs fall show during New York Fashion Week February 8, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Madeline Zima, who plays David Duchovny’s underage fling in Showtime’s “Californication,” has enrolled as Blair’s love interest. It won’t be Blair’s first Sapphic screen excursion. She shared quality time with Sarah Michelle Gellar in “Cruel Intentions,” winning an MTV Movie Award for best kiss.

“Driving Lessons” revolves around a woman (Hope Davis) given a second shot at her unhappy marriage after losing her memory. It conveniently helps her forget an interracial affair with her burly neighbor Simon (Chi McBride). Dermot Mulroney plays her husband, and Max Thieriot her religious, right-wing son.

The project, which marks the feature directing debut of Finnish commercials veteran Vivi Friedman, is set to begin principal photography next month in Los Angeles.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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