Dan Aykroyd Drives with TAMMY, Michael Peña Joins David O. Russell’s Untitled Picture and Omar Sy Joins Stephen Gaghan’s CANDY STORE

     April 5, 2013


Check out some recent casting announcements below:

  • Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) is in negotiations to join the road trip comedy Tammy, starring Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Mark Duplass and Kathy Bates.
  • Michael Peña (End of Watch) joins the Oscar-award winning cast of David O. Russell’s new untitled picture that stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence.
  • Omar Sy (The Intouchables) is on board director Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store, also starring Jason Clarke.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

dan-aykroyd-imageFirst up from Variety comes word that comedic legend Aykroyd is in talks to join Tammy.  McCarthy makes her directorial debut with co-director/husband Ben Falcone in this comedy that centers on a woman who loses her job and learns that her husband has been unfaithful.  She decides to hit the road with her foul-mouthed, hard-drinking grandmother (Sarandon).  Duplass will play a man she meets on the trip and Aykroyd will play his father.  Aykroyd will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra and then heard in Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return in which he voices the Scarecrow.

Deadline reports that Peña will join Russell’s untitled picture based on the true story of two con artists who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians in the 1970s.  Peña will next be seen in Diego Luna’s Cesar Chavez biopic Chavez and is currently filming a voice role for DreamWorks Animations Turbo.

We previously reported that Clarke had joined Candy Store.  Here’s the press release regarding the addition of Sy:


Los Angeles (April 4, 2013) – Good Universe is partnering with Lionsgate on CANDY STORE, a character-driven action thriller by Academy Award®-winning writer and director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana).  Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Great Gatsby) and Omar Sy (The Intouchables, the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past) are starring in the ensemble cast. Lionsgate will distribute in North America. Good Universe will handle international sales and present the film as part of their slate in Cannes.

THE CANDY STORE interweaves several storylines set against a dynamic criminal underworld in Brighton
Beach, Brooklyn. A former covert operative (Jason Clarke), discovers the organization he was dedicated to fighting is now operating in his new backyard. When he teams up with a disgraced local cop, their investigation leads them to a king pimp (Omar Sy), a Cold War consigliere, and a beautiful girl wrapped up in an elaborate threat against Manhattan.

Gaghan will direct and produce from a script he co-wrote with Shannon Burke.  Allison Shearmur (the upcoming Cinderella) will produce alongside Gaghan.  Good Universe’s Joe Drake, Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown will executive produce alongside Flashlight Films’ Allyn Stewart and Kipp Nelson. Good Universe’s Matt Leonetti will co-produce along with Suzanne Joskow.


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