American Idol alumna-turned-actress Katharine McPhee has landed a co-starring role in the NBC hourlong pilot Smash, which will feature the Idol Season 5 runner-up sing. The pilot, from DreamWorks TV and UMS, is based on an idea by Steven Spielberg and follows a cross section of characters who come together to put on a Marilyn Monroe musical on Broadway led by the musical’s composer Tom and lyricist Julia (Debra Messing). McPhee will play a beautiful struggling actress who goes to all lengths to book the role of Marilyn Monroe in the musical.
Relativity is planning on a 2011 release of the now untitled 3D shark thriller from director David Ellis. Relativity acquired the film, previously called Shark Night 3D, from Sierra Pictures and Incentive Filmed Entertainment. It stars Sara Paxton, Katharine McPhee and Donal Logue and was written by Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes. Chris Briggs and Mike Fleiss are producing via their NextFilms banner, along with Lynette Howell via the Silverwood Films banner. It’s currently in post-production. Ellis directed The Final Destination and Cellular.