Any actor putting themselves next to Chris Evans has a big challenge in winning the audience’s attention, but a slightly inexperienced one like Mark Kassen is especially hard-pressed. This was the task he faced in this year’s Puncture, a film he also co-directed with his brother, Adam, and he somehow completed it with general success.
He’s now getting a starring role for himself: Variety reports that the actor will lead Stars, an indie drama directed by Derrick Borte and written by Jim Janosky. Their story tells us that the plot follows “a man who decides on his birthday to kill himself, but his disregard for life takes a turn en route to his demise.” So it’s light, you see.
The film also stars Puncture‘s Vinessa Shaw, along with Kathryn Hahn, Tom Bower, and Illeana Douglas. Produced by LLeju Productions and Storyland Pictures, the project is currently shooting in New Mexico.
Meanwhile, Variety also tells us that John Lithgow has been cast in Dog Fight, Jay Roach‘s political comedy that stars Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Brian Cox, Sarah Baker, and Katherine LaNasa. The comedy, which has been scripted by Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell, revolves around “two rival politicians running for a congressional seat in a small North Carolina district election.”
The story doesn’t say who Lithgow will be playing, but the last big casting was for his Rise of the Planet of the Apes co-star, Cox, who will play the son of Galifianakis‘ politician character. Therefore, I’m just sort of guessing that Lithgow has the part of Ferrell‘s character, also running for office — me putting two and two together. It’s not wholly necessary who he’ll be playing, though; he’s pretty great in his comedic turns, anyway, and his presence only adds to this project’s decently-sized credibility.
How do you feel about Kassen getting a starring role for himself? Is the casting of Lithgow in Dog Fight exciting to you?