Courtney Love Eyes New Film Role

Courtney Love may be ready to take a stab at following up her acclaimed starring turn in "The People Vs. Larry Flynt."

Love is close to signing on to star in "200 Cigarettes," a low budget movie about a group of friends en route to a new year's ever party in New York's Greenwich Village in 1981.

Ben Affleck ("Good Will Hunting," "Chasing Amy"), his brother Casey, and Christina Ricci ("The Ice Storm, "The Addams Family") are also reportedly interested in the film.

The news comes on the heels of Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan's assertion to MTV News that Love's next studio album with her group Hole would be "fantastic" (see "Corgan Talks About Work On Manson, Hole, Pumpkins Albums" from January 12). Corgan told MTV News that he helped the group early in the album's development, and after helping them write several songs, stepped aside to allow producer Michael Bienhorn (Soundgarden, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili

Peppers) to finish the project.

There's no word yet when that Hole album will arrive in stores, but we'll keep you posted.