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DeGeneres to play Mother Nature in comedy
By Jay A. Fernandez
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Ellen DeGeneres has signed on to play Mother Nature in an untitled comedy film being written by "Sex and the City" writer-executive producer Jenny Bicks.
In the Walden Media production, the Emmy-winning talk show host will return to Earth for the first time since the planet's creation. No word yet on whether Mother Nature likes to dance.
"I've always wanted to control the weather," DeGeneres said.
Family-friendly Walden Media produced the "Chronicles of Narnia" series, "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and "Charlotte's Web." Its forthcoming slate includes "Tooth Fairy" with Dwayne Johnson and "Ramona & Beezus," adapted from the Beverly Cleary books.
DeGeneres hasn't taken a live-action film role since 1999, when she appeared in "EDtv" and "The Love Letter." She was the voice of Dory in "Finding Nemo" and is producing and lending her voice to "Dog Show," an animation project in development at Warner Bros.
Bicks has been a writer-producer on "Men in Trees," "Seinfeld," "Naked Truth" and "Dawson's Creek." She co-wrote the feature "What a Girl Wants" and is developing "Modern Love," a news series for HBO.
(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)