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Elizabeth Banks will star in and produce Universal romantic comedy What About Barb, about a socialite who must allow her uncouth cousin to be maid of honor so her nouveau riche uncle will pay for the wedding.

Accepted screenwrter Mark Perez is writing the movie, based on the story of the same name by Jill Bernheimer and Keetgi Kogan. Mary Parent and Scott Stuber are producing for their Universal-based Stuber/Parent. Max Handelman, Bernheimer and Kogan will also executive produce.

The Seabiscuit star, who next appears in Spider-Man 3, has a lead role in Fred Claus and was recently cast in Starship Dave. She is also producing The Surrogates, Jonathan Mostow’s adaptation of the graphic novel for Disney.