Peter Paige from the Showtime series Queer As Folk has joined the cast of Roberto Jabor's Brazilian drama Copacabana, Of Love And Shadows.

The $5m English-language production will commence principal photography in Rio De Janeiro in March 2008 and weaves together the stories of a treacherous drag queen, a nightclub diva and a gay Englishman on the prowl for sex.

Negotiations to sign the English lead are at an advanced stage and signed cast members include Jim Verraros and Emily Holmes.

Alex Massis of Film Source is serving as executive producer and Film Source is handling worldwide rights.