Since her terrific supporting turn in Lee Daniels‘ challenging indie hit Precious, Paula Patton has committed herself to mostly middlebrow fare — Just Wright, Jumping the Broom, and the upcoming Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol. Henry Alex Rubin‘s Disconnect, however, could mark Patton‘s first return to the realm of indie filmmaking, as she’s just been added to the cast of Rubin‘s latest feature-length effort. [Deadline]
The Disconnect cast already includes Alexander Skarsgard (Straw Dogs), Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo (Warrior), and Jason Bateman (reported last night). The film will be Rubin‘s first film since 2005’s acclaimed doc Murderball, though aside from some work on the TV series Schooled, it’ll also mark the director’s first narrative work behind the camera.
The screenplay, penned by Andrew Stern, follows “disparate lives that intertwine as the digital technologies intended to bring people closer together push families further apart.” Among the film’s producers is Marc Forster, whose Gerard Butler-starrer Machine Gun Preacher hits theaters this weekend.
What do you think about Rubin diving into narrative filmmaking? Do you like the casting of Patton?