March 30, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Indie darling Zoe Kazan and newly popular TV star Jake Johnson will star in offbeat comedy “The Pretty One”, according to Deadline. Jenee LaMarque wrote the Black List script and will make her feature directorial debut on the film, with shooting scheduled to begin on June 1st.
Kazan will play an awkward young woman who assumes the identity of her dead identical twin sister, who was seen as the “perfect” one, but when she falls for Johnson’s character, the next door neighbor of her late sister, she finds herself wishing she could go back to living her old life.
Johnson, who plays lovable grouch Nick on Fox’s new hit series “New Girl”, was last seen on the big screen in Sundance premiere “Safety Not Guaranteed”, rom com “No Strings Attached” and Max Winkler’s “Ceremony.” Kazan, a prolific writer and actor on stage, recently co-wrote and co-starred opposite Paul Dano in “She Loves Me” from the directors of “Little Miss Sunshine” and is attached to star in Joss Whedon-scripted fantasy romance “In Your Eyes.”
February 8, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Justin Long is the latest actor to turn to duties behind the camera, as Variety reports he will write and produce, as well as star in indie comedy “A Case of You.” Evan Rachel Wood, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage and “Cougartown” actress Busy Philipps will co-star.
Long co-wrote the script with younger brother Christian Long and Keir O’Donnell, and will star as a young writer who tries to impress a girl he meets with an embellished online dating profile. When she falls for his fake persona, he’s forced to keep up the act. Kat Coiro will direct.
Long and Wood previously worked together on Lincoln assassination drama “The Conspirator.” Long was once a staple among the Vince Vaughn-Ben Stiller troupe of actors, appearing in supporting roles in movies like “Dodgeball” and “The Break-Up” before taking on starring roles himself in “Going the Distance”, “Accepted” and others. He most recently appeared on an arc of Fox’s hit Zooey Deschanel comedy “New Girl.” Wood was most recently seen in George Clooney’s political thriller “The Ides of March” and appeared on a sizeable arc on HBO vampire series “True Blood.” She was recently reported to be reuniting with director Catherine Hardwicke on erotic thriller “Plush.” Hardwicke gave Wood her first big break at the age of 13 in the appropriately titled drama “Thirteen.”