Brie Larson

The Good Luck of Right Now hasn’t even begun production yet, and it’s already shaping up to be the most endearingly quirky movie of the year. Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris were set to direct a few weeks back, with a script by Mike White (Enlightened) based on the novel by Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook).

And now, casting is off to a great start as well. According to a new report, Short Term 12 star Brie Larson has just entered talks to star. Hit the jump for more details on the role.

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The Good Luck of Right Now is the forthcoming novel from Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick, set for publication in 2014. But like so many soon-to-be-published books from authors whose work has been successfully adapted to film, Quick’s novel already has filmmakers ready to bring it to the screen.

In this case, it is Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who are in talks to direct the film for DreamWorks. Mike White scripted. The story sounds like it would be a natural fit for Dayton and Faris, as it explores a strange family situation, and features the “spirit of Richard Gere.” Wait, what?

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Mister Rogers

Kids of all ages felt like Mister Rogers was their neighbor and best friend. Author Tim Madigan actually got to live it. Madigan was assigned a newspaper profile on the TV icon in 1995 and became incredibly close friends with him up through Rogers’ death in 2003. Madigan then chronicled their friendship as a way to pay tribute to his friend and let the world know Fred Rodgers was, possibly, even nicer in person than he was on TV.

That tale of camaraderie juxtaposed with the life of a TV icon is the story of Madigan’s book I’m Proud of You which is now being turned into a movie. It’ll be helmed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris who directed the Oscar-winning Little Miss Sunshine as well as last year’s underrated Ruby Sparks. Read More »

A young, struggling author begins to fall in love with the woman he’s writing about and then, one day, she manifests herself in his apartment. Is she real? Where did she come from? Is their love something that can endure? These are the questions central to Ruby Sparks, a new film by the directors of Little Miss SunshineJonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. It’s written by and stars Zoe Kazan as the title character along with her real-life boyfriend, Paul Dano, as the author. The supporting cast isn’t too shabby either: Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Steve Coogan, Elliott Gould and Chris Messina.

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Alia Shawkat may not be quite as ubiquitous as Arrested Development co-star Jason Bateman, but she’s been quietly beefing up her film resume over the past few years. Recently, Shawkat added two more projects to her slate: He Loves Me, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris‘ follow-up to Little Miss Sunshine; and The Brass Teapot, starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano.

He Loves Me revolves around a lonely young novelist (Paul Dano) who writes a fictional dream girl for himself — and manages to will her into existence. (She’ll be played by Dano’s real-life girlfriend Zoe Kazan, who also wrote the script). Shawkat will play a hipster who’s obsessed with one of Dano’s literary creations, and who has a crush on the novelist himself. Annette Bening, Deborah Ann Woll, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, and Chris Messina are also set to star.

The Brass Teapot marks the feature film debut of director Ramaa Mosley, known for her work in commercials and music videos. The dark comedy follows “a broke young couple who steal a brass teapot that produces cash whenever someone feels pain.” Shawkat will play the best friend of Temple’s character; I’m assuming Temple and Angarano will play the main couple. [Variety]

After the jump, Animal Kingdom star Jacki Weaver picks up a new gig, and David Oyelowo signs up for Lee Daniels’ new project.

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Last month, Nicole Kidman came in as a replacement for Sofia Vergara on The Paperboy, after Vergara and Tobey Maguire dropped out of the project due to scheduling issues. Now, a new actor has stepped up to fill Maguire’s role: John Cusack. Based on a 1955 novel by Pete Doctor, The Paperboy follows a reporter and his brother as they investigate a murder that put the suspect on death row. Cusack will play the part of the prisoner. Kidman, as previously reported, will be a woman who writes letters to inmates on death row.

The Paperboy marks Lee Daniels‘ follow-up to 2009′s Precious, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. The film will also star Zac Efron; Matthew McConaughey is currently in advanced negotiations. [Variety]

After the jump, Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Elliot Gould, Chris Messina, and Deborah Ann Woll sign up for the Little Miss Sunshine team’s new project.

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Little Miss Sunshine became a rare indie to mainstream crossover hit, and directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris haven’t made another feature film since. Now they’re set to finally move forward on another picture, called He Loves Me. And the movie is shaping up to be a full-fledged LMS reunion. Read More »

We just talked about the possibly-revived Neighborhood Watch; now here’s news on another sci-fi comedy that has been kicking around for a while. Used Guys was once meant to be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents) with Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller starring as men “in a future run by women, where cloned male slaves are traded like cars.” Fox shut down the film when the budget started to escalate and most of the talent moved on to other projects.

Now Danny McBride is attached to the role Jim Carrey would have played. Little Miss Sunshine directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton were attached to direct last year, and they remain a part of the project. A small mention in Variety says that Fox is looking for a ‘scaled-down’ production, compared to the expensive Jay Roach version. No word on other cast attachments for now, including whether Ben Stiller, who stuck around when others bailed, is still part of the film. [The Playlist]

After the break, Katherine Heigl backs out of her next picture, and Gerard Butler teams up with Antoine Fuqua. Read More »

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