Melissa Leo has hopped aboard the cast of "The Fixer," from writer/director Ian Olds. Co-written by Paul Felten, the film centers on Gloria (Leo), the erstwhile-hippie sheriff of a small Northern California town opposite Lindsay (James Franco), a volatile hot tub craftsman. The part of Gloria was written with Leo in mind.
In "The Fixer," an Afghan journalist exiled from his war-torn country comes to Gloria's town, stirring up shadowy backwoods intrigue involving casual sex, suspicion and unexpected violence. Olds previously worked with Leo on his Sundance short "Bomb" in 2007. In 2009, he directed the documentary "Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi" about a similarly thwarted journalist.
DeLisi Creative will launch an international search for the leading role of 28-year-old Osman, who will join Leo and Franco. DeLisi Creative was part of the team behind the search for the Somali pirates in "Captain Phillips."
Leo was recently spotted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, presenting the Outstanding Director Award to David O. Russell, who directed her all the way to an Oscar for "The Fighter." She picked up an Emmy last year for her hilarious supporting turn in FX's "Louie."