Randall M. Miller ("Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School") directs the script he penned with Jody Savin from Ross Schwartz's original. Filming starts, according to the trade mag, this August in California.
Chris Pine (Fat Pig - Geffen Playhouse), Rachael Taylor ("Transformers") and Eliza Dushku (Dog Sees God) will also be part of the cast of the new 1970's-set film based on the true story of the birth of the Napa Valley wine industry.
Pullman will portray the owner of a run-down winery, while Rickman plays an Englishman who helps put the American vintage on the map.
After making his Broadway debut in the Edward Albee play The Goat or Who is Sylvia?, Pullman revisits the scribe's work this fall at Off-Broadway's Second Stage when he stars in Peter and Jerry. The actor — known for turns in such films as "Sleepless in Seattle," "Independence Day," "While You Were Sleeping," "Spaceballs," "Lost Highway" and more — has also appeared on stage in Subject Was Roses, Oedipus at Colonus and The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill on the Eve Killing His Wife Killer's Head/Action. He also conceived and will direct Expedition 6 (Sept. 8-Oct. 7) at San Francisco's Magic Theatre.
Rickman — seen now on screen reprising his role in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and next to be seen in Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" — has performed on Broadway in Private Lives and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, earning Tony Award nominations for both. The London stage star recently directed Rachel Corrie, which he co-created with Katherine Viner. Other film credits include "Die Hard," "Galaxy Quest," "Love Actually," "Dogma," "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" and the HBO movie "Something the Lord Made."