Judy Greer, Beau Bridges, Matthew Lillard, and Robert Forster Join George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s THE DESCENDANTS; Plus New Set Photos

     March 14, 2010

Judy Greer (Arrested Development), Beau Bridges (Stargate: SG1), Matthew Lillard (Scooby Doo), and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) have joined the cast of Alexander Payne’s (Election, Sideways) upcoming film, The Descendants.  According to THR, their roles are currently unknown, but they will now be joining the previously announced cast which includes George Clooney (Return of the Killer Tomatoes!) , Mary Birdsong (Reno 911!), and Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager).

The film just started filming in Hawaii and you can check out some images from the set after the jump along with the film’s synopsis.

Head over to Accidental Sexiness for more set photos.

Here is the plot synopsis for the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings, which is being used as the source material for The Descendants:

“Hemmings’s bittersweet debut novel, an expansion of her first published short story (“The Minor Wars,” from House of Thieves and originally published in StoryQuarterly), stars besieged and wryly introspective attorney Matt King, the land-rich descendant of Hawaiian royalty and American missionaries and entrepreneurs. He wrestles with the decision of whether to keep his swath of valuable inherited land or sell it to a real estate developer. But even more critical, Matt also has to decide whether to pull the plug on his wife, Joanie, who has been in an irreversible coma for 23 days following a boat-racing accident. Then Matt finds out that Joanie was having an affair with real estate broker Brian Speer, impelling him to travel with his two daughters-precocious 10-year-old Scottie and fresh from rehab 17-year-old Alex-from Oahu to Kauai to confront Brian. Matt finds out the truth about Joanie and Brian, which influences his decision about what to do with his family’s on-the-block land and complicates his plans for Joanie. Matt’s journey with his girls forms the emotional core of this sharply observed, frequently hilarious and intermittently heartbreaking look at a well-meaning but confused father trying to hold together his unconventional family.”

The Descendants doesn’t have a release date yet, but I’m going to assume that it will be released sometime later this year in time for awards season.  As always, we’ll keep you updated as we hear it.

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