According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Kline and Milla Jovovich are poised to star in the sex trafficking drama Welcome to America, which will be released by Lions Gate Films in North America, producer Centropolis Entertainment said Sunday.

Based on The Girls Next Door, a January 2003 New York Times Magazine cover story by Peter Landesman about sex slavery, America was developed by Centropolis partner Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow) and producer Rosilyn Heller (The Beans of Egypt Maine) with Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) and up-and-coming German director Marco Kreuzpaintner, who directed the festival hit Summer Storm, which will be released in 2006 by Regent Entertainment.

The film is scheduled to start filming in Mexico City in late November, said Centropolis partner Michael Wimer.