Courtney Love Takes On "Mars," Bassist Search

Courtney Love's official fan site, holemusic.com, is reporting that the singer-actress is confirmed to star in John Carpenter's "Ghosts Of Mars."

Love has told the site that she'll be playing Melanie, an interplanetary police squad officer 175 years in the future, and that rapper-actor Ice Cube is expected to be one of her co-stars. She described the project as "the only girl western I've seen... ever." The movie is expected out in 2001.

The Hole frontwoman is currently on the East Coast working on the independent film "Julie Johnson" opposite actress Lili Taylor (see "Courtney Love Eyes Role In 'Julie Johnson'").

On the Hole front, Love told fans in an online chat last month that Vancouver-area bass player Andrea Hector of the bands Liquid Amber and Hector is being eyed to replace Montreal native Melissa Auf Der Maur, who left Hole to join the Smashing

Pumpkins.

At the time of the chat last month, Love said she was debating whether to fly up to Vancouver to see Hector at the Purple Onion or attend an Oscar party. Apparently the Oscar soiree won the coin toss, Love was a no-show at the Purple Onion.

Love also said a second Vancouver player, "Natasha of The Idols," was also a contender and that all totalled, three Canucks had caught her eye.

During the chat, the singer attributed the talent coming out of Canada to the country's policy of having music programs in grade school. She also lamented that the quality of the American applicants was lower and that they had a habit of sending their physical stats, which she found sad and upsetting. Love did add that one U.S. bassist, later ID'd as Rebeka Whitehurst from Austin's School Trauma Flashback, had also impressed her.

Love reassured fans that Hole would be reconvening in the not-too-distant future to work on a new album. She imparted that she has written eight

songs already, but only four of them are any good. The news of the new movie project, however, will presumably be setting that schedule back.