'Josie' jamming with Dawson


By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) --- Rosario Dawson ("Light It Up") has joined Rachael Leigh Cook and Tara Reid as the final member of the all-girl singing group "Josie and the Pussycats" for the Universal Pictures live-action feature.

Directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan ("Can't Hardly Wait") will direct this summer from their own script. "Josie" is based on the comic book series and cartoon of the same name.

Dawson will play Val alongside Cook and Reid, who play band members Josie and Melody, respectively. Parker Posey and Allan Cumming also star.

Riverdale Prods., which owns the rights to the comic book series, will produce the project with Universal-based producer Marc Platt.

Dawson has been on a roll lately, working on back-to-back projects, including Castle Rock Entertainment's "Pluto Nash," which she is shooting opposite Eddie Murphy. The actress recently wrapped shooting on the Ed Burns-directed indie feature "Sidewalks of New York" and the Ethan Hawke-directed indie feature "Last Word on Paradise."

"Josie" satirizes contemporary pop music and pop culture and revolves around a group of female sleuths/rockers, the Pussycats. The musicians find themselves being used by an evil mogul to brainwash American youth by placing subliminal messages in their songs.

Dawson, repped by Edmonds Management's Evan Hainey and Innovative Artists, was most recently seen in Miramax Films' "Down to You."