Like Minds and Candy: According to Variety, Toni Collette and Heath Ledger are to star in separate Oz films.

Collette will headline U.K. co-prod Like Minds, writer Gregory Read's feature debut.

She will play a forensic psychologist appointed by police to determine whether there's enough evidence to lay murder charges against a 16-year-old boy accused of the shotgun death of a school mate.

Ledger will appear alongside Geoffrey Rush and rising star Abbie Cornish ("Somersault") in Candy, the saga of two lovers who embark on a journey of lust, addiction and self-destruction.

Luke Davies adapted screenplay from his bestselling novel. It will be helmed by stage director Neil Armfield and produced by vet Margaret Fink ("My Brilliant Career," "For Love Alone") and Emile Sherman ("The Night We Called It a Day"). Renaissance is handling world sales.

Both films secured funding Wednesday from the Film Finance Corp. Australia.

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Brian B.