February 18, 2009 at 08:00 AM EST

Director James L. Brooks is zeroing in on Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd to star opposite Reese Witherspoon in his first directorial effort in five years. Both actors are in talks, but neither has signed a deal yet. The Academy-Award winning director is keeping the plot for the untitled Sony Pictures romantic comedy — which he also wrote — closely guarded, but sources tell EW that the film revolves around a love triangle involving Witherspoon’s character and two men who are vying for her attention. Rudd would play the more cerebral executive type, while Wilson would tackle the role of a baseball player. Brooks — who in the past few years has worked on the Adam Sandler vehicle Spanglish and The Simpsons Movie — is producing along with Paula Weinstein and Laurence Mark. Production is set to begin early this summer.

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