Elizabethtown: According to Variety, Paramount has tapped Susan Sarandon for Cameron Crowe's romantic comedy Elizabethtown starring along with Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom.

Sarandon is in talks to portray the role of the mother of Bloom's character for the project, produced by Crowe and Paramount-based Cruise/Wagner with lensing expected to start this summer.

Described as a love letter to the resilience of the life force, "Elizabethtown" centers on an unexpected romance that develops against the backdrop of the elaborate memorial for a Kentucky patriarch.

Also in talks are Judy Greer for the role of Heather, Jessica Biel for Ellen and Loudon Wainwright III for Uncle Dale. Paula Dean is also in negotiations for a role.

Crowe, who's directing and scripting, decided last fall after second-unit shooting to push the start of production back from first quarter 2004. That led to Ashton Kutcher being replaced by Bloom.