22 February 2002
After receiving a string of favorable reviews for her starring turn in the Sundance Film Festival selection "Wisegirls," Mariah Carey is set to reteam with the film's producer, Anthony Esposito, for her next acting job, the independent drama "Sweet Science."
Carey will star in the project as a determined boxing manager who drafts an unknown female boxer to make a name for them both.
"I had such a great experience with Mariah Carey on 'Wisegirls' that I wanted to make another film with her," Esposito said.
"Her performance in 'Wisegirls' is outstanding, with reviews from Sundance praising her work. I feel that given the right role, the depth of Mariah's performance will make everyone take notice of her great acting ability."
Gary Goldman ("Total Recall"), Stan Seidel ("One Night at McCool's") and Rick Angres wrote the "Sweet Science" screenplay. Esposito will produce the film through his company, Leading Pictures, along with Meg Liberman and Cami Patton.
Producers are eyeing a summer start for "Science."
Plucked as a special screening for Sundance last month, "Wisegirls" is scheduled for release this year from Lions Gate Films.
In the David Anspaugh-directed film, Carey stars alongside Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters as Rachel, a sassy-yet-sensitive waitress who works in a restaurant run by the mob.
Carey made her feature-starring debut last year in the 20th Century Fox rags-to-riches tale "Glitter."
She also made a cameo appearance on an episode of Fox's "Ally McBeal" last month.