Cindy Pearlman
October 03, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Anne Heche may become pregnant next year. No, she won’t be carrying Ellen DeGeneres’ love child (unless she’s privy to some fertilization process we don’t know about). Rather, producer Scott Rudin says he wants to cast the lesbian actress — who’ll be seen this month in I Know What You Did Last Summer — for the role of Bill Pullman’s pregnant wife in the film adaptation of Scott Smith’s novel A Simple Plan. ”She would be great,” says Rudin. ”I don’t think someone’s sexual orientation has anything to do with their ability as an actor.” Rudin’s attitude seems to reflect a general Hollywood tolerance. In addition to the upcoming romantic comedy Six Days, Seven Nights with Harrison Ford, Heche recently scored the part of Vince Vaughn’s love interest in Force Majeure, set to begin filming in November. Anyone up for a remake of Mr. Wrong?

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