Patricia Clarkson Joins MAZE RUNNER; Alison Brie, Justin Chatwin, and Colin Hanks to Star in NO STRANGER THAN LOVE

     June 18, 2013

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Patricia Clarkson (Shutter Island, Easy A) has joined the cast of the YA adaptation The Maze Runner.  The story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as The Glade but have no memory when they wake up.  The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers.  Only Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) holds the secret to their escape.  Wes Ball is directing, and EW reports that Clarkson will be playing Ava Paige, a mysterious character that holds some interesting information.  The film is slated to open on February 14, 2014.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning a romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist.

alison-brie-no-stranger-than-loveAdditionally, it was announced today that Alison Brie (Community), Justin Chatwin (Shameless), and Colin Hanks (Orange County) will topline the romantic comedy No Stranger Than Love.  Brie stars as a high school art teacher in a small town who is the object of just about every single male’s affection.  When she finally decides to act on feelings towards the married high school football coach (Hanks), a hole opens up in her living room that sucks Hanks’ character into another dimension.  Brie’s character teams up with a stranger (Chatwin) in order to rescue Hanks’ character, all the while trying to keep their affair a secret.

It’s certainly a unique premise, and production is currently underway in Toronto with Nick Wenham directing from a script by Steve Adams.  Read the full press release below:

Toronto, ON (June 18, 2013) – Production has begun on NO STRANGER THAN LOVE, a quirky, romantic comedy starring Alison Brie (AMC’s “Mad Men,” NBC’s “Community”), Justin Chatwin (Showtime’s “Shameless”) and Colin Hanks (Showtime’s “Dexter,” “Orange County”). Nick Wernham will direct from a script by Steve Adams. The film is currently shooting in Toronto.

“We are thrilled to be bringing this riotous comedy to life with such a talented cast and crew, and to be doing it in our hometown is a special kind of thrill. Steve’s script is wonderfully unique, and I’ve found it inspiring since the first time I read it,” commented director Nick Wernham.

NO STRANGER THAN LOVE follows Lucy Sherrington (Alison Brie), a heart-breakingly attractive high school art teacher in the small, secluded village of Spot Valley, where there is not a male in town who is not secretly or openly in love with her. And who can blame them? She is kind to everyone, and helplessly sympathetic, yet romantically she keeps them all at a polite distance…until tonight. Tonight she has agreed to a rendezvous with Clint Coburn (Colin Hanks), the married high school football coach who’s been on a lustful quest in Lucy’s direction for the last five years. Just as they are about to begin their affair, Clint disappears down a hole that opens up in Lucy’s living room floor. But this is not just any hole. It is an inter-dimensional, one-way hole of infinite darkness that leaves Clint stranded and floating in oblivion.

In this unpredictable love story, Lucy Sherrington must embark on a harrowing quest to rescue Clint Coburn and keep their love affair a secret, all the while avoiding a dark stranger in town, Rydell White (Justin Chatwin), who has one thing in mind: finding Clint Coburn.

Paul Fler (“Son of the Sunshine”) is producing the film, with executive producers Fred Roos (“Lost in Translation,” “The Bling Ring”), Richard Wernham and Simon Wernham of Wernham Entertainment and Jeff Latimer.

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