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Sarah Michelle Gellar may study ''Abroad''

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Sarah Michelle Gellar may be ready to pull up stakes. Variety reports that the ”Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star may be heading to England for ”A Semester Abroad,” a comedy being developed for her to film in spring 2003 after the next — and last? — season of ”Buffy” wraps. In the fish-out-of-water academic comedy, Gellar would play a tough gal from Queens, New York, who wins a scholarship to an elite university in London, where she knocks some of the stuffing out of the stuffy British scholars. (Think ”Legally Blonde,” but with a heroine from tough-talkin’ Noo Yawk instead of sunny California.) Producing the film is Deep River, the company behind Pierce Brosnan’s upcoming romantic comedy, ”Laws of Attraction.”

Gellar already has some experience disrupting elite universities; she stars in the current indie movie ”Harvard Man” as a mafioso’s daughter who entices her undergraduate boyfriend to throw a Harvard basketball game. In any case, the star of ”Scooby-Doo” has indicated that she’s growing restless and may leave ”Buffy” after the 2002-03 season, so she’ll certainly be looking for something else to doo.

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