Just weeks after ditching Katy Perry, Russell Brand could already be lining up a replacement — funny girl Zooey Deschanel, who is the spitting image of his soon-to-be ex-wife!
The British-born comedy actor is said to be desperate to hook up with the New Girl star, whose own marriage to Death Cab for Cutie front man Ben Gibbard recently came to a grinding halt. In fact, Zooey, 32, filed for divorce on Dec. 27, just three days before Russell ended his marriage to the "Firework" singer.
"Russell has had his eye on Zooey for a long time," discloses an insider. "And he's been sending funny, flirty texts to see if they can get together."
The insider continues, "He thinks she's hysterically funny and cute, too. He loves her quirky sense of humor, and thinks they'd be great together both on-and off-screen. There's a real spark there."
The actress is said to be "intrigued" by the idea of working with Russell, 36. "But she's heard about his reputation as a womanizer, and isn't sure whether she's ready to rush into another relationship so quickly."
Zooey, who shares the same severe bangs and doe-like big blue eyes with Russell's ex, is, says the insider, "very aware that she looks strikingly similar to Katy and has been mistaken for Katy by fans."
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