Paul Schneider to Star in Broken Lizard’s THE BABY MAKER; Sienna Miller Reportedly Joins FREAKY DEAKY

     May 27, 2011

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We have a couple quick casting notes to report.  First up, Paul Schneider (Lars and the Real Girl) will star in Broken Lizard’s new movie The Baby Maker.  While Broken Lizard will star and the troupe’s Jay Chandrasekhar will direct, the script was penned by Ice Age: The Meltdown writers Peter Gaulke and Gerry Swallow.  Per Variety, “Story follows a married couple who fail to conceive after months of trying, prompting the husband to enlist his friends’ help to rob a Pasadena sperm bank, where he made a deposit as a young man.  All of the Broken Lizard members are expected to co-star, with Kevin Heffernan playing the protag’s crazy best friend, who hooks him up with an Estonian master thief, played by Chandrasekhar. Other Broken Lizard members include Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske.”

Why the sperm bank wouldn’t simply give him back his own seed is beyond me.  I’m also surprised that sperm keeps for that long.  Logistics aside, Schneider is terrific actor and it will be interesting to see him play against the Broken Lizard gang.  Hit the jump for some casting news regarding the adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky.

freaky-deaky-book-cover-01ArcLight Films [via The Playlist], the studio behind Charles’ Matthau’s adaptation of Freaky Deaky, has announced on their website that Sienna Miller has joined William H. Macy in the crime thriller.  However, Camille Belle, who was previously linked the film, is not mentioned on the website.  Reps for both actresses have been contacted, but there’s currently no comment from either camp.

Here’s ArcLight’s official synopsis for the film:

Former radical ROBIN (Sienna Miller) has had it trying to make it as a romance novelist and tracks down her old partner in crime, movie special effects man SKIP for one last score.

Their target: wealthy and alcoholic WOODY (William H Macy), who Robin blames for sending her to prison.

But Robin isn’t the only one after Woody.  He’s recently made an enemy of CHRIS, a cop who was suspended for investigating Woody on a shaky “rape” charge.  Woody’s nursemaid and former Black Panther DONNELL, who’s been trying to get into Woody’s will, also wants in on the action.

Bringing to life many of Elmore Leonard’s greatest characters and featuring all of his trademark menace, razor sharp dialogue and deadpan humor, FREAKY DEAKY is a funny, sexy and dangerous look at the dark side of the 1970’s that ends just like it begins – with a bang.

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