A number of actors have joined the cast of the Lionsgate comedy Gay Dude. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Gary Cole and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) are the latest actors to sign on to the comedy directed by Chris Nelson. The story centers on two high schoolers who make a pact to lose their virginity before graduation. The plan goes awry, however, when one of the friends (Hunter Cope) comes out of the closet. Nicholas Braun plays Cope’s best friend, with Dakota Johnson, Drema Walker and Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland rounding out the cast.
Variety reports that Offerman, who is the genius behind the character of Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, will play Braun’s supportive father. Cole plays Cope’s conservative father, Mullally will play Cope’s mother, and Geraghty will take on the role of Cole’s older brother who is still living at home. The film boasts a strong Parks and Rec pedigree, as Mullally has guest-starred multiple times opposite her real-life husband Offerman, and the script for Gay Dude was written by Parks and Rec scribe Alan Yang.
Scrubs MVP John C. McGinley has signed on for a role in Summit’s adaptation of I, Alex Cross. Tyler Perry stars as a homicide detective in search of a serial killer: “The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits.” According to Showblitz, McGinley will play Chief of Police Richard Brookwell, a “vigorous, ambitious man” in contrast to Cross’ gentler approach homicide. Matthew Fox, Ed Burns, and Jean Reno also star in the adaptation, directed by Rob Cohen (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor) from a script by Kerry Williamson and Marc Moss.
Hit the jump for details on Stephanie Szostak’s role opposite Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D., and info on the high school comedy Gay Dude.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Robert Patrick has signed on to Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer’s period cop drama Gangster Squad. Showblitz reports that Patrick will take on the role that Bryan Cranston was originally in talks for: an LAPD officer from Texas. The plot revolves around the elite squad of cops who hunted down gangster Mickey Cohen in 1940s Los Angeles. The stellar cast includes Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi and Holt McCallany. Emma Stone recently entered negotiations to sign on as well.
Additionally, comedian Hunter Cope is set to join Nicholas Braun (Prom) in the Lionsgate comedy Gay Dude, with Modern Family star Sarah Hyland in talks to take on a supporting role. The story centers on two high schoolers who make a pact to lose their virginity before graduation. Complications arise, however, when one of the teens comes out of the closet. Variety reports that Cope will play the title character, with Braun taking on the role of his straight best friend who is tasked with finding Cope a boyfriend. Hyland plays Braun’s “prudish girlfriend.” Chris Nelson (Ass Backwards) directs from a script by Alan Yang (Parks and Recreation).
Spurred by the success of low-budget features like Paranormal Activity, Lionsgate has announced three “microbudget” films in its upcoming slate. The comedies Rapturepalooza and Gay Dude along with the horror film 6 Miranda Drive, will all be made for under $2 million a piece. Lionsgate currently has up to 10 films planned under its new microbudget umbrella.
Hit the jump for details on all three films.