It’s been a long time since he’s worked outside the studio tentpole world but with “Chef,” Jon Favreau is seemingly returning to his small-scale roots and now he’s bringing the project to a full simmer as he adds (via Variety) Dustin Hoffman to his already talented ensemble. Written and directed by Favreau, the comedy follows Favreau as a chef who loses his job, starts up a food truck, rediscovers his culinary talent and reunites with his loved ones. Hoffman joins Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo and Bobby Cannavale.
Originally set to start shooting this past spring, the Aubrey Plaza and John C. Reilly-starring horror comedy “Life After Beth”—about a young man who tries to continue his relationship with his girlfriend when she returns from the dead—finally started production last week with two new cast members. According to THR, Dane DeHaan and Paul Reiser have joined the Jeff Baena (“I Heart Huckabees”) written & directed film as Plaza’s boyfriend and his father, respectively. Solid cast all around so we’re curious in seeing how Baena handles his helming duties after paying his dues as a screenwriter.