03/11/2004 at 12:00 AM EST
Three big names from the small screen are looking to further expand their reputations on the big screen: "Friends" star Jennifer Aniston, "Sex and the City" ace Sarah Jessica Parker and "The Simple Life" denizen Paris Hilton.
In the case of Aniston, 35, whose 2002 role in "The Good Girl" earned serious critical attention and whose recent comedy "Along Came Polly" was a box-office hit, the new film project is "Diary," which Variety describes as a story about a wife whose diary is stolen and then used against her.
Meanwhile, Parker, 39, is being offered a starring role in a remake of the 1941 comedy classic (which was based on a hit Broadway show), "The Man Who Came to Dinner."
If she accepts, Parker would assume the secretary role played in the original movie by Bette Davis, says the Hollywood Reporter. The story concerns a crotchety New York media star who breaks a leg when he visits the home of Midwestern family while he's on a lecture tour -- and the havoc he brings to the household.
As for Hilton, 23, who has already appeared in "Zoolander," "Wonderland" and "Dr Seuss's The Cat in the Hat" (and will next be seen in "Raising Helen," starring Kate Hudson), her big new role is just about set, say the trade papers.
She'll join the cast of "House of Wax," a remake of a campy 1953 3-D horror movie that starred Vincent Price as an evil curator who kills and then dips real live people -- the prettier the better -- in his boiling wax vats so he can put them on display in his museum.
Hilton will play one of the prospective dips, joining Elisha Cuthbert and Chad Michael Murray in the mayhem. Shooting begins this May in Australia, for a projected Halloween release this year.