Elizabeth Banks to Lead Comedy WALK OF SHAME; Diane Kruger and Anton Yelchin Will Romance Each Other in 5 TO 7

     October 17, 2012


Fresh off a great but minor role in Pitch Perfect (which she also produced), Elizabeth Banks has been set as the lead in the comedy Walk of Shame.  The actress will play an aspiring Los Angeles TV news anchor who, after losing an audition for her dream job, goes out for an uncharacteristic night of hard partying and drinking.  She wakes up the next morning with no money, car, or memory of the previous night’s events, but finds a message from her agent telling her that she actually won the audition and must be on the air by 5pm.  She then “must embark on a ‘walk of shame’ across hostile neighborhoods” in a presumably eventful quest that will lead her to the station by 5:00.

Per Variety, Steven Brill (Heavy Weights, Mr. Deeds, Little Nicky) is directing from his own script, with production set to begin in January.  Hit the jump for casting news concerning the romantic comedy 5 to 7.

diane-kruger-5-to-7Additionally, Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) have been set to topline the romantic comedy 5 to 7.  Set in New York, Yelchin will play an aspiring novelist who has an affair with the wife of a French diplomat (Kruger).  Per the press release, “Cultures, world views, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens, with remarkable results.”

The age difference is certainly striking (Yelchin is 23, Kruger is 36), but taking a look at the image on the right I have no trouble believing Yelchin would be keen on striking up a relationship with Kruger’s character.  Both actors have more than proven their talent in their previous work (especially Yelchin in Like Crazy) so it should be interesting to see them stretch their comedy chops.  Victor Levin (Mad Men) will direct from his own script, with production poised to start in late February.

Read the full press release below:

Los Angeles, California (October 17, 2012) – Diane Kruger (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, THE HOST, THE GREEN BLADE RISES, FAREWELL, MY QUEEN) and Anton Yelchin (FRIGHT NIGHT, STAR TREK, LIKE CRAZY) are attached to star in the romantic comedy 5 TO 7, written and to be directed by Victor Levin (AMC’s “Mad Men”), it was announced today by producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and The Solution Entertainment Group’s (“The Solution”) co-founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.

Wilson and Nestel are on board as co-executive producers of the film with the company also handling international distribution rights. The Solution will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.

Scheduled to start production in late February 2013, 5 TO 7 is set in New York, where an aspiring novelist (Yelchin) has a cinq-a-sept affair with the beautiful wife of a French diplomat (Kruger). Cultures, world views, personal ethics and dietary preferences clash as love deepens, with remarkable results in this romantic comedy.

“Vic Levin’s script has us in tears — we’re just not sure if it’s from laughing or crying.  We’re excited about the grace and intelligence that he, Diane and Anton will bring to their interpretations of his beautiful story,” said Curtis and Lynn.

“This is just a great script with a wonderful cast attached and filmmakers involved who have a fantastic track record.  It exactly matches our criteria of offering only the very best in independent filmmaking to our clients.  The response to the project has been overwhelming,” said Wilson and Nestel.

Victor Levin is an accomplished Golden Globe-winning and four-time Emmy-nominated producer, writer and director who most recently was a co-executive producer and writer on the award-winning hit AMC series, “Mad Men” and previously an executive producer/writer on the popular NBC series “Mad About You,” which garnered him a Golden Globe. His past screenplay credits include co-writing Helen Hunt’s THEN SHE FOUND ME with Hunt and Alice Arlen and WIN A DATE WITH TAD HAMILTON! starring Kate Bosworth, Topher Grace and Josh Duhamel.

Acclaimed international actress Diane Kruger received critical recognition for her performance in Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, sharing a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. She was most recently seen in Benoît Jacquot’s FAREWELL, MY QUEEN co-starring Léa Seydoux which opened the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and was released domestically in July 2012 by Cohen Media Group. Her upcoming projects include the highly anticipated THE HOST, based on Stephenie Meyer’s new trilogy, alongside Saoirse Ronan, set for a 2013 release by Open Road Films, A.J. Edward’s THE GREEN BLADE RISES, where she will play Abraham Lincoln’s mother opposite Jason Clarke, currently in production and the newly announced THE BRIDGE for FX.

Anton Yelchin is a rising young actor who starred in the critically acclaimed indie hit LIKE CRAZY opposite Felicity Jones as well as Disney/Dreamworks’ FRIGHT NIGHT opposite Colin Farrell and Toni Collette. He will reprise his role as Pavel Chekov in J.J. Abrams’ sequel STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS opposite Chris Pine and Zoë Saldana for Paramount Pictures in May 2013. Yelchin recently completed shooting Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE with Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska. Other film credits include Jodie Foster’s THE BEAVER, CHARLIE BARTLETT and TERMINATOR: SALVATION. 

Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures are two of the industry’s most successful producers with credits that include the Oscar-winning SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, ALBERT NOBBS, MINORITY REPORT, Steven Spielberg’s A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB and MOTHER AND CHILD. They most recently produced Arie Posin’s LOOK OF LOVE, in post-production, with Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams.

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