'American Idol's' Kat McPhee to Play Pregnant Hippie in New Film
Katharine McPhee, runner-up to Taylor Hicks on American Idol's fifth season, has just signed on for a new college comedy from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison productions and Columbia Pictures.  McPhee is set to portray a pregnant hippie student, who is also a member of the worst, most pathetic sorority on campus.  Earlier in the summer, it was announced that McPhee would be making her film debut in the independent feature The Last Caller.  That film, in which McPhee will play a down and out woman who searches for love, will film in New York this fall.  The sorority comedy, as-yet-untitled, will being production on July 23.

The premise of the Happy Madison production revolves around a former Playboy bunny (the vastly underrated and under-utilized Anna Farris) who is kicked out of her Playboy mansion living quarters and is forced to move-in as house mother for the nerdiest sorority on campus. 

Other cast members include Rumer Willis (the offspring of Demi Moore/Bruce Willis), Dana Goodman (Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo), Kat Dennings (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Emma Stone (Superbad).  The film was written by Legally Blonde scribes Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith and will be directed by former Saturday Night Live writer Fred Wolf. 

Katharine McPhee hasn't had much film acting experience.  She recently had a cameo on ABC's Ugly Betty, but hasn't shown an indication of her acting prowess one way or another.  McPhee, however, does have an extensive theater background, both in terms of appearing in productions (Annie Get Your Gun) and attending various theater programs (The Boston Conservatory) It does seem, however, that she's very serious about pursuing an acting career and that it's not just a supplement to her singing career.  McPhee does have the looks for Hollywood, which these days is half the battle.  If she shows any modicum of talent in her first few projects, the ceiling on her acting career is non-existent.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
Sources: EOnline, The Hollywood Reporter
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