Casting Call: Annette Bening to Star Opposite Kristen Wiig in IMOGENE; Toni Trucks Joins HE LOVES ME

     July 21, 2011


Kristen Wiig is capitalizing on the surprise success of Bridesmaids to jumpstart a passion project she has pursued for a couple years now.  In Imogene, Wiig plays a New York playwright who fakes a suicide attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend.  The plan backfires, and she is forced into custody of her gambling-addicted mother.  Deadline reports Annette Bening has signed on to play the mother.  Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (The Nanny Diaries) are on board to direct from a script by Michelle Morgan (Middle of Nowhere).

Bening is very likely going to play a part in the Howard Hughes biopic her husband, Warren Beatty, is working on; Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Shia La Beouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood, Rooney Mara are also reportedly up for various roles.  Currently, Bening is filming He Loves Me, which brings us to our next casting notice after the break.

Variety reports Toni Trucks (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1) will join Bening on the cast of He Loves Me.  Paul Dano stars as “a once-great novelist who’s creativity is blocked due to heartache and loneliness.”  He writes about a new character, his dream girl, to overcome his writer’s block and somehow wills her into existence.  Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan will play the manic pixie dream girl.  Chris Messina, Antonio Banderas, Deborah Ann Woll, Steve Coogan, and Elliott Gould also star.

He Loves Me is currently in production in Los Angeles under the direction of Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton (Little Miss Sunshine).  The premise is intriguing, if a bit precious — it’s all in the execution.


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