Spending the past few years on True Blood has been doing great things for her career, but Anna Paquin hasn’t completely disappeared from movie theaters. This fall will see the release of Margaret (which, okay, was delayed several years because of legal issues), and Variety is reporting that both her and Ryan Phillippe will star in the comedy Straight A’s.
Produced by Nu Image and Millenium Films, James Cox will direct the movie that’s been written by Dave Cole, which follows “a man who’s been in and out of rehab for 10 years” who’s haunted by his dead mother’s ghost. She tells him to go back to his estranged family; with “nothing more than a bag of pills and a sack of weed,” the lead returns home to find “his brother’s wife, who’s still pining for him, her first love.” Phillippe is playing the main character, and despite Paquin not having her role listed, it seems pretty likely that she has the part of the wife’s brother. Riley Thomas Stewart, who recently appeared in The Beaver, has been cast as the son of Phillippe‘s character. Shooting started today in Shreveport, La., which Nu-Image co-chairman Avi Lerner said shows the company’s “commitment to the state of Louisiana and its local economy.”
The plot description that’s been given out right now sounds like an interesting spin on a domestic drama, with the supernatural elements sounding like they serve as a background to the story of two people in conflict. I also like the two leads well enough, so the little information out there on this movie already manages to make it sound generally promising.
There’s also more casting for Magic Mike, the upcoming male stripper film from Steven Soderbergh. We heard last night that Matthew McConaughey would be joining Channing Tatum and Alex Pettyfer, with Deadline now bringing us the news of Matt Bomer jumping on board the Reid Carolin-scripted project. Details on his role haven’t been given out, but the early casting — as well as his physical appearance — makes me think that he’s playing a male stripper.
The actor has appeared in shows like USA’s White Collar and movies such as Flightplan and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning; he can next be seen in the Andrew Niccol sci-fi actioner In Time, having what seems to be a decent-sized role. Magic Mike is likely the most prestigious thing he’ll have been in up to this point, which is no slant against the other things he’s done — it’s just that Soderbergh is kind of a big deal.
The story of the movie is based on Tatum‘s own experiences in the profession, and it follows his character as he trains Pettyfer in the art of male stripping. Soderbergh is said to be inspired by Saturday Night Fever, calling the film “sexy, funny and shocking.” Shooting will begin next month, with a release expected in 2012.
Are you curious about Straight A’s? Does the cast do anything for you? Have you seen Bomer in anything before, and would he make a good fit for Magic Mike?