Kristen Bell eyes role in Drew Barrymore film

Kristen Bell is in negotiations to join Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski in "Whales," a Working Title project for Universal.

Set in Cold War-era 1988, "Whales" tells the true story of a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) who enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle.

Bell will play a reporter from Los Angeles aiming for the big time who thinks her greatest assets are her looks.

Ken Kwapis is attached to direct "Whales," which was formerly known as "Everybody Loves Whales." It is based on the nonfiction book "Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World's Greatest Non-Event" by Tom Rose.

Working Title's Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin are producing with Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar.

Universal vp production Erik Baiers is overseeing for the studio.

Bell is coming off of a starring gig in "When in Rome" and did a guest stint on the Starz comedy "Party Down." She next appears in Disney's September comedy "You Again" with Sigourney Weaver and Betty White and Screen Gems' November musical drama "Burlesque," with Christina Aguilera and Cher.

Bell is repped by CAA and Brookside Artists Management.

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