Diva: According to Variety, Annette Bening will star in Diva, a comedy financed by hip-hop mogul Damon Dash and produced by Andrew Lazar.

Howard Gould wrote the script and will make his directorial debut on the pic, which is based on his play.

Story concerns an aging actress and a television producer who create a sitcom, forming a scenario that explores the forces that contribute to the creation of a prima donna.

Gould, who most recently co-wrote Bernie Mac starrer Mr. 3000 for Disney, was a writer and supervising producer for Cybill. He also wrote for "Home Improvement."

Brian B.