Shailene Woodley in James Ponsoldt’s SPECTACULAR NOW; Rebekah Brandes for NOTHING TO FEAR; Tristan Wilds and Melonie Diaz Join FRUITVALE

     April 18, 2012


We’ve got some casting additions for you today.  Here they are at a glance:

  • Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) will headline Smashed-director James Ponsoldt’s Spectacular Now.
  • Rebekah Brandes (Bellflower) to join  indie horror-thriller pic, Nothing to Fear for producer Slash, the former guitarist from Guns N’ Roses.
  • Tristan Wilds (Red Tails) and Melonie Diaz (Be Kind Rewind) will join Fruitvale, an indie drama about a real-life, controversial police shooting, to be produced by Forest Whitaker.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

shailene-woodley-spectacular-nowVia Variety, Woodley will join the coming-0f-age dramedy, Spectacular Now, an adaptation of Tim Tharp’s award-winning novel.  After fours years in development, the picture looks like it’s ready to move forward with the addition of Woodley and Ponsoldt.  The plot of Spectacular Now centers on a teenage girl (Woodley) who talks an alcoholic high school senior out of his life philosophy of “living in the moment.”  The film we be produced by Tom McNulty, Marc Shmuger and Shawn Levy and executive produced by screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber.

Variety also reports that Brandes will join debut director Anthony Leonardi III’s Nothing to Fear, alongside James Tupper, Anne Heche, Clancy Brown and Ethan Peck.  Brandes will play the daughter of Tupper and Heche in a plot that revolves around their family moving to a small town and coming into conflict with a charismatic man of the cloth (Brown) who suffers from internal emotional conflicts.  Slash will also score the indie film.

Finally, THR reports that Wilds and Diaz will join Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) and Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer in Fruitvale. The writing/directing feature debut for Ryan Coogler retells the story of Oscar Grant, a young black man who was detained by Bay Area Rapid Transit police on New Year’s Day 2009 and was shot in the back and killed.  Wilds is set to play Grant’s best friend while Diaz will play the mother of his child.

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