Just when 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) starts having the worst day of his life, he discovers all of his family members (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) are having bad days of their own in Disney’s October 10 lit adaptation. Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bella Thorne also star in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, directed by Miguel Arteta for 21 Laps Entertainment/Jim Henson Company and adapted by Rob Lieber from Judith Viorst’s popular children’s book. Check out the trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed Ed Oxenbould, the young thesp who just wrapped production opposite Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner on the Miguel Arteta-directed Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day for Disney and 21 Laps. The film marks the 12-year-old’s feature debut, and is the adaptation of the popular children’s book written by Judith Viorst, which is one of the rare ones you can read to your kids ad nauseum and not feel like your eyeballs are bleeding after the 100th time. He is co-represented by Coast To Coast Talent Group and managed by Industry Entertainment in the U.S. and Sophie Jermyn Management in Australia.
The actresses are boarding Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as production gets under way. Megan Mullally and Jennifer Coolidge join Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner, who play the parents of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould). The pic follows the boy through such a lousy day that he thinks bad things happen only to him. But it turns out his whole family is suffering through the same type of day. Miguel Arteta is directing the first live-action feature adaptation of Judith Viorst’s 1972 children’s book from a script by Rob Lieber. Shawn Levy, Lisa Henson and Dan Levine are producing. Mullally is best known for her Emmy-winning turn on Will & Grace; Coolidge’s credits include 2 Broke Girls and Legally Blonde.
BREAKING: Disney has cast Ed Oxenbould to play the title role in Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The young thesp joins Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner in the Miguel Arteta-directed adaptation of the Judith Viorst book that parents read to their kids over and over. The film, which hits theaters October 10, 2014, follows young Alexander through the mishaps of a terrible day for his family after he wishes they all would experience the same troubles he does. 21 Laps and The Jim Henson Company are producing. The young actor was chosen after a lengthy search, and as you can see, he has the head of hair necessary for a wad of gum to get stuck in it after he left it on the bedpost the night before. Oxenbould is managed in the US by Dan Spilo and Laura Hersh at Industry Entertainment and in Australia by Sophie Jermyn at Sophie Jermyn Management.
Related: Lisa Cholodenko Exits ‘Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’
EXCLUSIVE: Disney is in talks with Miguel Arteta to replace Lisa Cholodenko as the director of its live-action adaptation of the Judith Viorst children’s book Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. You might recall that late last month, The Kids Are All Right helmer Cholodenko stepped out as director. She wrote the script with Rob Lieber, and Disney has Steve Carell attached to play Alexander’s dad. Shawn Levy is producing through his 21 Laps banner along with Lisa Henson and Dan Levine. Production will begin in the fall. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: It’s not a great day for Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at Disney. The Kids Are All Right helmer Lisa Cholodenko, who has long been working on the project, has stepped out and decided not to direct it. The good news is that Disney still has Steve Carell attached to play Alexander’s dad, and the studio is still gearing up to make the movie this fall. So it means a good job for a director and Disney has already started searching.
Disney signed on to the project last fall after Fox decided not to make the adaptation of the Judith Viorst children’s book. The film has a script by Cholodenko and Rob Lieber, with Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps producing with Lisa Henson.
This is one of the more entertaining and humorous of the yarns you read endlessly to your kids at night. Alexander starts a wretched day with the realization that the gum he fell asleep chewing is now hopelessly tangled in his hair, and things get worse from there, to the point he threatens to chuck it all and move to Australia. Here’s hoping it makes it to the screen.