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Joseph Mazzello Amongst Cast of Indie Comedy ‘Dear Sidewalk’; Genesis Rodriguez Latest for ‘Identity Thief’

Written by on May 21, 2012 

Joseph Mazzello came pretty close to being forever mired in that well-worn, curiosity-driven trap of “whatever happened to this child star?” But the Jurassic Park actor has made something of a comeback these past couple of years, thanks entirely to turns in HBO’s The Pacific and David Fincher‘s The Social Network; although this small role probably won’t get him into a spandex suit and in front of a green screen right away, it’s good to see more work come in.

Deadline reports that he, Josh Fadem (The Master), and Michelle Forbes (The Killing) are part of the cast for Dear Sidewalk, an independent comedy that has Davi Jay (Treme), Barry Tubb (Top Gun), and Roark Critchlow (Days of our Lives) signed to star. Jake Oelman is directing from a script by Jake Limbert, which follows “a young mail carrier who falls for a recently relocated divorcee on his route.” Shooting is already underway.

Then, Deadline also informs us that Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge, Casa de mi Padre) is coming aboard Seth Gordon‘s Identity Thief, a move that puts her in the comeic company of Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, John Cho, and Clark Duke.

Seeing as the film’s main character (Bateman) trying to track down a woman (McCarthy) who stole his identity, it’s appropriate that Rodriguez will be seen as “an associate to a local crime boss that comes looking for [the] character after she scams them out of money.” No matter what else follows, I’m sure this effort will be more fruitful than that movie where Sam Worthington faked a suicide attempt so his brother could rob a bank. (Well, I think that’s what it was about. Nothing about the way that plot was presented made any sense.) The film will open on May 10th, 2013.

And, for a little bit of behind-the-scenes fun, look toward two photos Favreau has tweeted, one of which features the director and Bateman. For whatever reason, I find myself slightly amused by the office portrait on display:

Are you interested in seeing Mazzello in another big-screen role? Is Identity Thief coming together nicely?

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