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Rudolph, Corddry, and Peet Go ‘Way, Way Back’; ‘Devil’s Knot’ Adds Bruce Greenwood and Others

Written by on June 22, 2012 

The Way, Way Back — for reasons that should not concern you or I — only cast its lead, generally low-profile actor after grabbing a strong lineup of entirely notable names. With the big business finally out of the way, though, it’s back to nabbing recognizable faces. Next and, possibly, for the last time, Deadline reports that Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, and Rob Corddry have been placed in the directorial debut of Descendants writers (and recent Oscar winners) Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. And, no, the story doesn’t give specifics as to their involvement.

So it’s fortunate that we have a general logline for the film as a whole. In The Way, Way Back, Liam James (The Killing) stars as a teenager whose irresponsible mother (Toni Collette) and stepfather (Corddry‘s Seeking a Friend co-star, Steve Carell) drive him to find a job working at a water park, whereat he finds guidance from the loquacious manager (Sam Rockwell). (The helmers will also appear as fellow employees; anyone who’s seen Rash‘s outstanding work on Community wouldn’t mind him repeating that work here.) Now that a top-to-bottom strong cast and a nice story are both at the center, the film’s shaped up remarkably well. Production will begin this Monday.

A much, much different project is also finalizing its ranks, with THR informing us that Bruce Greenwood and Michael Gladis (Mad Men) are climbing on Atom Egoyan‘s West Memphis 3 film, Devil’s Knot; Deadline has also learned that Matt Letscher will be chipping in some work. The common thread? All three are on the legal side of things.

The first will take on David Burnett, a judge whose actions were said to have had a huge, adverse effect on the three charged boys, primarily since he “disallowed dozens of reasonable objections and requests for witnesses by the defense.” (It’s a hard task, getting us to hate Bruce Greenwood.) To counteract this, Gladis has been cast as Jessie Misskelley Jr‘s (Kristopher Higgins) lawyer, Dan Stidham, while Letscher is playing Paul Ford, a defense attorney for suspect Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether).

They’re only the most recent actors to be signed for the film, with Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, Kristoffer Polaha, Collette Wolfe, and James Hamrick (as Damien Echols) comprising the main cast. Devil’s Knot will begin shooting next month.

Is this an appropriate trio for The Way, Way Back? What do you think these actors will bring to West of Memphis?

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