Joey King Joins ‘Wish I Was Here’; ‘Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day’ Adds Pair
EXCLUSIVE: Joey King has been tapped for the role of Grace Bloom in Wish I Was Here, the indie drama Kickstarted by Zach Braff. King will play Grace Bloom, the 12-year-old daughter of Braff’s character who takes her Jewish education very seriously and is dubious about having him as her home teacher. King is in theaters now opposite Channing Tatum in White House Down and appears later this month with Vera Farmiga in Warner Bros’ The Conjuring. She is repped by Coast To Coast Talent Group and Industry Entertainment.
Disney is adding to the cast of Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Dylan Minnette (Lost, Let Me In, Prisoners) has joined the Judith Viorst book adaptation as the older brother to Alexander (Ed Oxenbould), the young hero who goes through the mishaps of a terrible day for his family after he wishes they all would experience the same troubles he does. Meanwhile, Kerris Dorsey (Brothers & Sisters, Ray Donovan) has landed the role of Emily, Alexander’s sister. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner play the kids’ parents in the film, which Miguel Arteta is directing for 21 Laps and The Jim Henson Company. Minnette is repped by Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty and Monster Talent. Dorsey is a client of WME and LB Talent Agency.
Kate Hudson has been cast as Zach Braff‘s wife in Wish I Was Here, the indie film Braff will direct that landed funding via Kickstarter in a campaign that surpassed its $2M fundraising goal in three days. Braff wrote the script with his brother Adam. It centers on Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband who at 35 is still trying to find his identity and a purpose for his life. He and his wife (Hudson) are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d be as a little kid. Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad have already joined the cast. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg are producing the pic through their Double Feature Films.
Homeland‘s Mandy Patinkin has signed on to Zach Braff’s Kickstarter pic Wish I Was Here. Braff announced the casting today on the film’s Kickstarter page where the film surpassed its initial $2 million goal in just four days. Braff directs and stars in the film which is based on an original screenplay he wrote with his brother, Adam Braff. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg (Django Unchained, Contagion, Garden State, Erin Brockovich, Pulp Fiction) are producing through their company Double Feature Films. Wish I Was Here tells the story of Aidan Bloom (Braff), a struggling actor, father and husband who at 35, is still trying to find his identity; a purpose for his life. He and his wife are barely getting by financially and Aidan passes his time by fantasizing about being the great futuristic Space-Knight he’d always dreamed he’d be as a little kid. Patinkin will play Braff’s character’s father. His feature film credits include Yentl, The Princess Bride, Everybody’s Hero, Pinero, Lulu On The Bridge, Ragtime and Dick Tracy. Patinkin is repped by ICM Partners.
2ND UPDATE, FRIDAY AM: The prognosticators who’ve been telling me that Kickstarter is a game-changing enterprise for movies, are proving to be so Kreskin-like, I will next challenge them to bend spoons with their brains (dated reference). Just a couple days into his attempt to raise $2 million to finance his film Wish I Was Here, Braff is already up to $1,766,130 and counting, from 25,245 people who’ve committed cash for a variety of tchotchkes. The game plan was to use Kickstarter funding, and foreign sales, to raise the $5 million needed to make the movie. Braff, producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg planned to work practically free, upfront. At this rate, Braff will reach his funding goal by the weekend. And with 28 days to go, they’ll likely wind up with enough dough to fund the whole movie without making pre-sales, and maybe enough to pay participants a little bit. This is startling, that so many people are betting on a filmmaker, and not donating because they just want to see a movie version of a favorite TV show like Veronica Mars.