Sopranos star Michael Imperioli and French actress IreneJacob have signed up to star in Paul Auster's upcoming The Inner Life OfMartin Frost. Manchurian Candidate star Liev Schreiber is tipped to join them.

The Euros 3.5m film willstart shooting in September and is produced by Gemini's Paolo Branco, Austerand Peter Newman who also produced Auster's previous films.

Gemini is also selling thefilm which Branco says has drummed up immense interest. He expects all majorterritories to be signed during the Cannes market with the film possibly readyfor Berlin.

Branco will also produce,but not sell, the Euros 15m Maryna,the next film from director Jerzy Skolimowski. The film will star IsabelleHuppert and Dennis Hopper with Helen Mirren in a smaller role.

Maryna is based on the novel In America by Susan Sontag and will begin shooting in late 2005for four months in Spain and Poland.

Gemini is also producing andhandling sales for Last Days In September starring Juliette Binoche and John Turturro and directed by SantiagoAmigorena.