By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 29, 2014 at 4:09PM
So, here's equation: the star of "Short Term 12" + a movie based on the novel written by the guy who penned "Silver Linings Playbook" + the directors of "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Ruby Sparks" = sign us up.
Yep, Brie Larson has signed on to star in "The Good Luck Of Right Now," the latest from filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Adapted by Mike White ("School Of Rock," "Enlightened"), it's another story of damaged individuals dealing with various pains in their lives, and we'd expect no less from author Matthew Quick. Here's the Amazon synopsis:
For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?
Bartholomew thinks he’s found a clue when he discovers a “Free Tibet” letter from Richard Gere hidden in his mother’s underwear drawer. In her final days, mom called him Richard—there must be a cosmic connection. Believing that the actor is meant to help him, Bartholomew awkwardly starts his new life, writing Richard Gere a series of highly intimate letters. Jung and the Dalai Lama, philosophy and faith, alien abduction and cat telepathy, the Catholic Church and the mystery of women are all explored in his soul-baring epistles. But mostly the letters reveal one man’s heartbreakingly earnest attempt to assemble a family of his own.
A struggling priest, a “Girlbrarian,” her feline-loving, foul-mouthed brother, and the spirit of Richard Gere join the quest to help Bartholomew. In a rented Ford Focus, they travel to Canada to see the cat Parliament and find his biological father . . . and discover so much more.
The Wrap reveals that Larson will play the love interest of the lead character, a librarian who believes she was abducted by aliens. No word yet on when this will get rolling, but apparently this is a "priority" for DreamWorks.
Meanwhile, after some minor turmoil, the "Entourage" movie is for real and happening, and has added Billy Bob Thornton to the cast. The actor joins "the boys"—Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon and Jeremy Piven—with THR revealing he'll play "a billionaire cowboy turned film financier who puts up money for the Dracula movie and sends his 20-something son to L.A. to keep an eye on his investment." Wait, Vinnie Chase is going to make a Dracula movie? LOL. Production is underway.