American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee has decided the time is right to finally make her big-screen debut, and the Hollywood Reporter tells us she'll be doing so in the indie dark romantic comedy The Last Caller. Although the singer/songwriter (who finished second behind Taylor "Why Do I Twitch So Much" Hicks on the hit TV show two seasons ago) claims she's "up for a couple of big studio projects," McPhee was eager to make her first on-screen appearance in a starring role. (Guess someone wasn't keen on playing Mall Girl #5 in next summer's Iron Man -- not that we know she was offered it, but I imagine that's the type of stuff heading her way.)
Written by Michael Albanese, the story (as HR describes it) doesn't make much sense. They call it a "coming-of-age tale about a self-obsessed woman (McPhee) who searches for love, hope and meaning during a few random events with other urban seekers." Huh? What the f**k is that supposed to mean? Three gold stars to anyone (an "urban seeker," perhaps?) who can tell me what in the world this film is going to be about. With a budget that will fall somewhere between $5 million-$8 million, pic is scheduled to begin shooting this fall in and around New York. Hit and Run Prods. will produce along with Zenith Film Group, and the great Robert Hawk will serve as an associate producer (Hawk's involvement definitely makes me feel a bit better about the whole thing). What say you Idol fans -- does McPhee have what it takes to become the next big thing?