Helen Hunt, Aaron Paul, and Maggie Grace will star in Steven Bernstein’s indie dramedy Decoding Annie Parker. Variety reports that “the story centers on the irrepressible Parker, a breast-cancer patient who stops at nothing to solve the mystery behind her illness, despite the beliefs of the medical establishment.” There are no details on who the actors will play, but I think it would be a safe bet that Hunt will be playing the title role. Bernstein, who was the DP on [Correction: Like Water for Chocolate, not Water for Elephants] and Monster, will be making his directing debut on the feature. He and Adam Benstein co-wrote the script based on a true story. Filming is set to begin later this month in Los Angeles. [Updated: A spokesman for the film has told us that Samantha Morton (In America) will play Parker. Hunt will play scientist Mary-Claire King, Grace is Sarah, her assistant, and Paul has been cast as Parker’s husband.]
It’s interesting that Paul continues to take smaller, indie projects as his hiatus films as opposed to his equally-talented Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston. While Cranston is co-starring in the musical Rock of Ages, the drama Argo, and the remake of Total Recall. Meanwhile, Paul recently signed on to another indie dramedy, Smashed. I’m not saying one is better than the other, but it’s interesting to see the diverging paths of their film careers.