Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan have acquired a whole bunch of new friends joining them on the set of A Many Splintered Thing. The film, which is being directed by Justin Reardon, now has Topher Grace, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, and Giovanni Ribisi on-board to star.
Deadline, which found the casting news, says that the movie exists somewhere between (500) Days of Summer and Amelie, telling the story of a down-and-out young man who meets and falls in love with an engaged women white attending a charity dinner and pretending to be a philanthropist. Getting encouragement from his friends and ignoring her soon-to-be husband, the protagonist decides to fake a platonic relationship with her so that he can make his way to her heart. News about the “anti-romantic comedy” sprung up early last month when Evans and Monaghan were cast. The script by Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair was featured on 2011′s Black List (the annual list of the most popular unproduced screenpalys in Hollywood) and was also a Nicholl Fellowship Finalist.
Grace will play the main character’s best friend, but character details aren’t given about the other new actors. The That 70s Show star will next be seen in the recently-delayed The Big Wedding; Mackie will also be starring alongside Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Plaza can currently be seen on NBC’s Parks and Recreation; and Ribisi will next appear in Gangster Squad this January. A Many Splintered Thing will go into production at the end of this month (on October 26th to be exact), and there is no current release date.
The first trailer and poster for the ensemble romantic comedy The Big Wedding have been released.
Here’s the synopsis for The Big Wedding:
With an all-star cast lead by Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace, THE BIG WEDDING is an uproarious romantic comedy about a charmingly modern family trying to survive a weekend wedding celebration that has the potential to become a full blown family fiasco. To the amusement of their adult children and friends, long divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (De Niro and Keaton) are once again forced to play the happy couple for the sake of their adopted son’s wedding after his ultra conservative biological mother unexpectedly decides to fly halfway across the world to attend. With all of the wedding guests looking on, the Griffins are hilariously forced to confront their past, present and future – and hopefully avoid killing each other in the process.