Uni 'Pussycats' lures Posey, Reid, Cumming

Parker Posey is set and Tara Reid and Alan Cumming are in negotiations to join Rachael Leigh Cook in "Josie and the Pussycats," Universal Pictures' live-action feature based on the comic book series and cartoon of the same name. Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, who directed the teen comedy "Can't Hardly Wait," will direct the project from their own script. A summer start is planned. The feature satirizes contemporary pop music and pop culture and revolves around a group of female sleuths/rockers, the Pussycats, headed by Josie (Cook). The three rockers find themselves being used by an evil mogul to brainwash American youth by placing subliminal messages in their songs. Reid would play the Pussycats' drummer, and Posey has been cast in the role of the tyrannical egomaniacal record label CEO who manipulates Josie and the band. Cumming would play her right hand man, a talent scout responsible for discovering Josie and the Pussycats.