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The hit stageplay and bestselling book “Jewtopia” is heading to the bigscreen with Jennifer Love Hewitt and “Crossing Jordan” thesp Ivan Sergei set to star.
Playwright Bryan Fogel is directing from a script he co-wrote with Sam Wolfson. Fogel will also produce with Andy Fickman, Pavlina Hatoupis and Courtney Mizel.
Described as a cross between “Wedding Crashers” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” indie pic follows two childhood best friends who reunite as adults when one asks the other to help him pretend to be Jewish so he can romance a woman.
Sergei will play Christian O’Connell, a gentile plumber who poses as a Jewish doctor in order to land a Jewish girlfriend who’ll make all his decisions for him. Hewitt will play Alison Marks, the object of Christian’s affection, who meets him during a singles mixer at temple.
“Jewtopia” opened in Los Angeles in May 2003, and after 17 weeks, became the longest-running original comedy in the history of L.A. theater. Show opened off-Broadway in Sept. 2004 and is one of the three most successful off-Broadway productions of the last decade, along with “Blue Man Group” and “Stomp,” having recouped its entire investment in a record 16 weeks.
Stageplay ended its Gotham run in April 2007 after more than 1200 performances. It has been seen by over 500,000 people across North America and Canada, with additional productions in Chicago, Florida, Toronto, Tampa and Rochester.
Hewitt recently starred in the “Garfield” movies and is skedded to make her directorial debut with the supernatural pic “Wait Till Helen Comes.”
Sergei is best known for starring on the WB’s “Jack & Jill” and Starz’s “Gravity.” He previously appeared on the bigscreen in Don Roos’ 1998 indie “The Opposite of Sex.”
Sergei is repped by APA and McKeon-Myones Management, while WME and Untitled rep Hewitt along with attorney Robert S. Wallerstein.