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Beyonce Knowles makes 'Powers' play

Beyonce Knowles, one-third of pop/R&B sensation Destiny’s Child, is in advanced negotiations to make her feature film debut as the female lead in New Line Cinema’s “Austin Powers 3: Goldmember” for director Jay Roach. Production is scheduled to begin next month for a July 26 release date.

The project will mark Knowles’ second outing as an actress; she made her debut this year in the title role of the MTV telefilm “Carmen: A Hip Hopera.”

The third installment of “Austin Powers,” written by Mike Myers and Michael McCullers, continues the adventures of the swinging ’60s superspy and his nemesis, Dr. Evil, both played by Myers. Myers also is said to be playing the title character of the villainous Goldmember as well as Fat Bastard, a role he originated in the second installment. Last week, Michael Caine signed to star as Austin Powers’ father (HR 10/4).

Myers is producing the film with John Lyons and Eric McLeod. Suzanne and Jennifer Todd are receiving producing credit on the film as well.

Knowles is repped by CAA. Destiny’s Child’s third album, “Survivor,” (Columbia Records) has sold more than 3 million units since its May release. Last year, the trio won a Grammy for R&B performance by a duo or group for their hit song “Say My Name.”

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