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The casting info continues to pour in for Jim Field Smith‘s political satire called Butter. There’s already quite a lineup: Jennifer Garner, Rob Corddry, Ty Burrell, Ashley Greene and more. Now Olivia Wilde (Tron Legacy) has been added, as has Alicia Silverstone.

But there’s some confusion. Movieline reports that Wilde is cast as a tattooed stripper (with Betty Page bangs, no less) who is mistress to a butter-carving champion played by Ty Burrell. But previously we’d heard that Rob Corddry was playing that role. Figuring that one out. Meanwhile, the wife of said champion, played by Jennifer Garner, decides to take the crown for herself, and must best a young girl played by Yara Shahidi. Silverstone will be the adoptive mother of the girl. As mentioned before this is a satirical analog for the 2008 Democratic Iowa caucus. But am I the only one reminded of Diablo Cody based on the description of the stripper character ?

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I just wrote about Butter the other day — that’s the Black List script by Jason Micallef that is becoming a comedy with satirical overtones starring Rob Corddry and Jennifer Garner. Now Ashley Greene, aka the one reason I’d think about ever wanting to watch any of the Twilight films, is signing on to play “a rebellious high school teenager.” I still love the core idea — an Iowa butter-carving competition is allegory for the 2008 Democratic caucus — and this cast is really shaping up. [THR]

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It’s about time we got some really overt (and good) satire about the political events of the last couple years. The Jason Miscallef script Butter, which placed high on the 2008 Black List, may be the ticket. It tells the story of the contestants of an Iowa butter-carving competition, but as an allegory for recent political maneuvering. Sort of.

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Jennifer Garner to star in Butter

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Jennifer Garner has officially signed on to star in Jason Micallef‘s political satire Butter for Mandate. The Nicholl Fellowship-winning screenplay was listed at the #3 spot on the 2008 Black List (a listing of the best unproduced screenplays of that year).

Described as Election meets Best in Show, Butter tells the story of a black orphan who is adopted by a Midwestern family, and discovers she has an uncanny talent for butter-carving. She finds herself up against Laura Pickler (Garner), the ambitious wife of the retired reigning champion, turning a small town’s annual butter-sculpting contest into a center for controversy and jealousy.  [THR]

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