LOS ANGELES, JULY 29, 2013– Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack, James Marsden and Alan Tudyk have joined the cast of WELCOME TO ME starring Kristen Wiig and produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and Bron Studios, it was announced today. Directing is Shira Piven (Fully Loaded), from a screenplay by Eliot Laurence. The dramatic comedy is produced by Aaron L. Gilbert and Marina Grasic with Margot Hand as co-producer on behalf of Bron Studios. For Gary Sanchez Productions, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum are producers, with Robyn Wholey as executive producer. Kristen Wiig is also a producer. WELCOME TO ME began production in California on July 29th. Allison Jones is the casting director. WELCOME TO ME tells the story of Alice (Wiig) who suffers from borderline personality disorder and wins the lottery only to decide to spend her money on a cable access talk show about herself. The show reflects her larger-than-life personality and absolute obsession with wanting to be famous, even if it means alienating her friends and family in the process. UTA is packaging and representing the film for the US market. Cargo International is handling international sales.
Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) is set to star in Open, HBO’s drama pilot from Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy. The project, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. Bentley will play the handsome but arrogant Evan Foster, a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality. Open hails from Fox 21, the cable division of 20th Century Fox TV where Murphy is under a rich overall deal. This marks a rare foray into television for Bentley, whose only previous TV gig was a starring role in another HBO pilot, Tilda, opposite Diane Keaton.
EXCLUSIVE: Wes Bentley will lead the cast of Saar Klein’s Things People Do, about a family man who loses his job and embarks on a life of crime. Also set for the drama shooting April 3 in New Mexico are Vinessa Shaw as Bentley’s wife, Jason Isaacs as a detective he befriends, and Haley Bennett as a stranger he meets along his journey who inspires him to commit a crime in her honor. Doug Liman is executive producing the pic, which marks two-time Oscar nominated editor Klein’s (Almost Famous, The Thin Red Line) directorial debut. Sarah Green, Hans Graffunder, and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos are producing. Nicolas Gonda, Ryan Rettig, Michael Macs, Kurt Billick, and David Klein will executive produce alongside Liman. Klein, a longtime editor with credits on The Bourne Identity, The New World, Jumper, and Fighting, co-wrote the script with Joe Conway. Bentley is repped by WME and Untitled, Shaw is repped by ICM and Thruline, Bennett is repped by CAA and The Schiff Company, and Isaacs is repped by Gersh and The Collective.
Final Girl stars Abigail Breslin in photographer Tyler Shields’ directorial debut, a psychological thriller about a teenage girl new in town who is lured into the woods by a group of senior boys to be the victim in their final initiation. They pick the wrong girl. Wes Bentley has been cast as her trainer, who turns her into a lethal weapon, hunting the “hunters” with a level of perversity far beyond anything they could imagine. Shooting on the Adam Prince-scripted film begins next month in Vancouver. Bentley’s The Hunger Games castmate Alexander Ludwig co-stars. Bentley, who just wrapped Terrence Malick’s Knight Of Cups, has been busy. His upcoming credits include Diego Luna’s Chavez starring starring Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich, Lovelace with Amanda Seyfried, and drama The Time Being opposite Frank Langella. He is repped by WME and Untitled; ICM Partners packaged the film deal. Studio City Pictures is repping the film at AFM.
EXCLUSIVE: Wes Bentley has been cast the first teacher of the future 16th U.S. president in The Green Blade Rises, the Terrence Malick-produced film that chronicles Abraham Lincoln’s youth and those who influenced him growing up. Brit Marling will play Lincoln’s mother Nancy, who died when Lincoln was 9. The duo join a cast that already includes Jason Clarke, who plays Lincoln’s father, and Diane Kruger, who plays his stepmother Sarah. Green Blade Rises is produced by Malick with Nicolas Gonda and Charley Beil. It marks the directing debut of A.J. Edwards, who also wrote the script. He has worked with Malick as an editor on three of Malick’s films including To The Wonder, The Tree Of Life and The New World. Bentley, who appeared in The Hunger Games, is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment; Marling, whose recent credits include Another Earth, is repped by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment.
After receiving strong reviews at Sundance for his performance in Robot & Frank, Frank Langella has joined another two-hander. He’ll star in the indie The Time Being, alongside Wes Bentley. Richard Gladstein is producing and also co-wrote the script with first-time writer-director Nenad Cicin-Sain. The logline: Out of cash and a bit desperate, struggling artist Daniel accepts a series of bizarre commissions from Warner, a dying, eccentric millionaire who may not be what he seems. But Daniel can’t quite ascertain whether his new “mentor” is a monster who is intent on destroying Daniel’s life and marriage, or a savior who will teach him the true meaning of art. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and Samuel Goldwyn paid north of $2 million for North America distribution rights and several other offshore territories on Robot & Frank. Langella is repped by ICM.
EXCLUSIVE: Production has just gotten underway on 3 Nights In The Desert, a drama that stars Amber Tamblyn, Wes Bentley and Boardwalk Empire‘s Vincent Piazza. Gabriel Cowan is directing the Adam Chanzit script in a co-production between New Artists Alliance and Caliber Media Company. Tamblyn, Bentley and Piazza play three estranged friends and former bandmates who reunite to celebrate turning 30. They come together for a weekend in the desert and expose unresolved wounds as they struggle with who they have become and what might have been had they done things differently.
Chanzit, who moved to China to live with Daoists, based the tale on his travels. Cowan has the musical experience from his days as a member of the bands Lode and Ear Two Thousand. Cowan’s producing with his New Artists Alliance partner John Suits, and Caliber’s Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier are the executive producers alongside Kerry Johnson, Jon Wagner and Eric Sherman. New Artists recently completed the thriller Extracted, which Cowan and his partner co-wrote, while Caliber recently wrapped the Jessica Goldberg-directed Refuge. 3 Nights In The Desert is the second collaboration between New Artists and Caliber, which wrapped Static. Tamblyn’s repped by WME and Hyler Management, Bentley by WME and Untitled and Piazza by Gersh.
In this thriller Amanda Seyfried plays a woman in a whose sister is abducted — she is convinced it’s the same kidnapper she escaped a year earlier. She battles the clock and skeptical police to rescue her sister. Directed by Heitor Dhalia and written by Allison Burnett, Gone also stars Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Sebastian Stan and Michael Pare. The Summit release open February 24.