'NSYNC's Bass, Fatone Get To Big Screen 'On The L'

Pop stars take roles in Bass-produced romantic comedy, set to start filming in March.

With Jennifer Lopez atop both the music and movie charts, members of pop kingpins 'NSYNC have a new challenge in their midst.

The first to accept will be Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, who have signed on to star in the romantic comedy "On the L," according to Reuters.

A spokesperson for the group said Bass will play the lead role, and Fatone has been offered a lead and a cameo but is still deciding which he will take. The script is still being developed, so character names have not been finalized.

"On the L" — about a couple who meet briefly on their city's train system and must then find a way to reunite — will be directed by Eric Bross, whose résumé includes the USA cable movie "The Chippendales Murder" and independent films "Restaurant" and "Ten Benny."

Bass has acted before, but on the small screen — he appeared in an episode of the WB's "7th Heaven" last year (see 'NSYNC's Lance Puckers Up For "7th Heaven"). His recently formed production company, A Happy Place, will produce the $10 million "On the L," which is based on the short film "On the Line."

Miramax Films will distribute the movie, which is slated to begin filming in March, Reuters reports.

'NSYNC announced at the Cannes Film Festival last May they would play fictional characters in a music-driven film set to begin production in 2001, but their spokesperson said the band is still searching for the right project.

The group is scheduled to perform later this month at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, where its nominated for three awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album, for 2000's top-selling No Strings Attached.

Fellow Grammy nominee Lopez debuts at #1 on next week's Billboard 200 with her second album, J.Lo, and her romantic comedy, "The Wedding Planner," was tops at the box office last week see "J.Lo Debuts At #1; O-Town, Dream Close Behind").