Let's just hope she doesn't have to do any research for this part. Variety reports that Winona Ryder has been cast in her first role since the end of her shoplifting trial last year. It's a black comedy called ''Eulogy,'' about several generations of a family whose dirty laundry gets aired after the patriarch dies. However, Ryder's publicist, Mara Buxbaum, tells EW.com that Variety's report is premature, that she has only been offered a role in the film but has not yet said yes. ''She has numerous offers on many films,'' Buxbaum said on Wednesday. ''She is not set to do this. She hasn't decided which project to do next.''
If Ryder does settle on ''Eulogy,'' her costars, according to the Variety report, would include Ray Romano, Hank Azaria, Monica Potter, Rip Torn, and the rarely seen Debra Winger. Screenwriter Michael Clancy will make his directing debut with the project, which begins filming Feb. 21. It would mark the first work in a year for Ryder, who was convicted last fall of grand theft and felony vandalism charges stemming from her arrest at the Saks Fifth Avenue store in Beverly Hills in December 2001. She was sentenced to three years probation and community service.