Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg and Giancarlo Esposito have signed on to star alongside Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church in the comedy of mistaken identity SHRIVER.
Content Media has acquired sales rights to the ensemble-led comedy and will be introducing the project to buyers for the first time in Cannes. Â Additional cast are expected to join the project in the coming weeks.
SHRIVER tells the story of a loner mistaken for a renowned but reclusive author.Â He suddenly finds himself the center of attention at a writerâ€™s conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the book written by the real author.Â Shriver takes on the mistaken identity while sparking a romance with the English professor who runs the conference. He is about to pull it all off when the real Shriver appears leading to fantastic comedic crescendo.
Michael Maren (A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY, HAPPILY EVER AFTER: FAIRY TALES FOR EVERY CHILD) is directing SHRIVER from a screenplay he wrote himself which is based on the novel by the same name written by Chris Belden.
Producing the film are Thrulineâ€™s Josh Kesselman (DEATH AT A FUNERAL, ASHBY, A FEW BEST MEN) and Alfred Sapse (A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY, POUND OF FLESH).
SHRIVER is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to begin shooting later this year.
Jamie Carmichael, Contentâ€™s President of Film said, â€œFrom the very beginning we just loved the clever premise and Iâ€™m already imagining the laugh out loud moments that this superlative cast will deliver!Â Weâ€™re really excited to be working with Michael, Josh and Alfred on this wonderful comedy.â€
Producers Sapse and Kesselman said: â€œIt is great to be collaborating with Content on Shriver. We feel we have found the perfect home for the film.â€