Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester has been tapped to lead indie drama Like Sunday, Like Rain, the story of a struggling musician (Meester) who becomes the guardian of a 12-year-old music prodigy one summer. This is Ray Donovan actor Frank Whaley‘s fourth outing as writer and director after helming pics Joe The King, The Jimmy Show, and New York City Serenade. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong will play the boyfriend of Meester’s character. Debra Messing has been cast as the mother of the boy, who’ll be played by newcomer Julian Shatkin. J Smith Cameron (Rectify, Margaret) rounds out the cast. Filming is underway in New York with BB Films’ Uri Singer, FJ Productions’ Fabio Golombek, and Jim Jones, Trippe Lonian and TJ DeMark of Willhouse Media executive producing and Tagline Pictures’ Josh Kesselman and Danny Sherman producing. Meester, who sang a few tunes in Country Strong and appears in WB’s 2014 drama The Judge with Robert Downey, Jr., is repped by WME, Leverage, and Stone Meyer Genow. Whaley is repped by APA and Thruline Entertainment. Armstrong is repped by Gersh and PPM, INC. Messing is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts. Cameron is repped by Gersh. Shatkin is repped by Innovative Artists and Invictus Entertainment.
The Warner Bros. dramedy, directed by David Dobkin, also stars Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio and Leighton Meester.
Warner Bros. will open Robert Downey Jr. starrer The Judge on Oct. 10, 2014, the beginning of awards season.
Directed by David Dobkin, the dramedy stars Downey as a successful attorney who returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral to discover that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. The man sets out to discover the truth, and along the way, reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
Vera Farmiga, the female lead, plays a waitress who has never left small-town life and has a history with Downey’s character. The film also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Leighton Meester, Dax Shepard, Melissa Leo and Balthazar Getty.
The Judge is a co-production between Team Downey and Big Kid Pictures.
Also opening Oct. 10 are Disney’s family film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Sony’s Seth Rogen comedy The Interview.
“Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas has been doing a really great job bringing the cult series’ original players back for the movie. But, a scheduling conflict is keeping Leighton Meester from reprising the role of Carrie Bishop.
Thomas announced on Sunday that indie pop band Twin Sister singer Andrea Estella has been cast in the part of “the gossip queen of the 09ers” who falsely accused Neptune High teacher Mr. Rooks (Adam Scott) of having an affair with her to protect her best friend on Season 1 of the series.
“Sadly, Leighton was doing a different movie during the same time frame on the wrong coast. In the end, she was unavailable,” Thomas said.
“One of the reasons I wanted Leighton, beyond her talent/beauty/history in the show, was that we needed a performer who could sing in this important role. Once it became evident that we couldn’t make Leighton’s schedule work, I decided to cast someone from a band I already wanted in the movie.”
Other than singing, Thomas didn’t elaborate on Bishop’s storyline in the movie. He did say that there will be Twin Sister songs on the soundtrack.
Gossip Girls‘ Leighton Meester, Community‘s Gillian Jacobs and Adam Brody are set to star in Life Partners, a comedy that marks the directorial debut of Susanna Fogel. Fogel co-wrote with Joni Lefkowitz. Also in the ensemble are Gabourey Sidibe, Abby Elliott and Beth Dover. Myriad Pictures will handle foreign sales for the film at Cannes. The comedy is about a codependent friendship between two very different girls — type-A Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian slacker Sasha (Meester). Paige has vowed that she won’t get married until Sasha has the same legal right and that works out fine until Paige meets Tim (Brody), a young and charming doctor. As a crucial vote on gay marriage approaches, the threesome struggle with issues of love, friendship, and loyalty.
Jordana Mollick and Brendan Bragg of Black Sheep Management & Productions are producing alongside Riva Marker and Daniela Taplin Lundberg. Daniel Crown will executive produce with Anne O’Shea of Minerva Productions and Peter Touche of Sandia Media. Fogel & Lefkowitz are repped by UTA and Brillstein’s Margaret Riley. Meester is repped by WME and Leverage’s Loch Powell. Brody, Jacobs and Sidibe are repped by UTA. UTA Independent Film Group and WME Global will co-rep domestic rights.
Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester has joined Robert Downey Jr. in The Judge, the Warner Bros. dramedy being directed by David Dobkin.
Meester joins a cast the includes Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton.
Judge is a co-production between Team Downey and Big Kid Pictures, and a Boston shoot beginning in June is being eyed.
Downey stars as a successful attorney who returns to his hometown for his mother’s funeral to discover that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. The man sets out to discover the truth, and along the way, reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.
Meester will play a character with whom Downey has a one-night stand and whose later revelations cause quite a bit of headaches for the man.
Judge is Meester’s first major move since wrapping Gossip Girl, which ran for six seasons on the CW. In that time, she appeared in such movies as Date Night, Country Strong, The Oranges and That’s My Boy.
She is repped by WME, Leverage Management and Stone Meyer.