By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com February 28 2001 1:00 AM ET
Actress Reese Witherspoon (Election, Cruel Intentions) is joining the cast of The Importance of Being Earnest, based on the play by Oscar Wilde. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the role will mark Witherspoons first time acting with a British accent or in a period film. The film, to be directed by Oliver Parker (who also brought Wildes An Ideal Husband to the screen) and costarring Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, and Judi Dench, is scheduled to begin shooting April 23.