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Nia Vardalos prepares another big-screen comeback

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Can Nia Vardalos make a comeback? The My Big Fat Greek Wedding sweetheart has scored a sweet theatrical distribution deal from Fox Searchlight (Juno) for her already-completed romantic comedy My Life in Ruins, which the studio will release in 2009. Directed by Donald Petrie (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and written by Mike Reiss (The Simpsons Movie), Ruins features Vardalos as a travel guide leading a motley group of tourists on a tour of her native Greece. Richard Dreyfuss, Harland Williams, and Rachel Dratch costar. Produced by the Greek Wedding team of Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, and Gary Goetzman, Ruins has scored really high marks in audience test screenings, and the studio is hopeful it’ll mark a return to form for Vardalos, who starred in and won an Oscar nomination for writing 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which grossed $241.4 mil domestically. Her last two efforts, the television show My Big Fat Greek Life and the drag-queen comedy Connie and Carla, didn’t connect nearly as well.

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