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Steven Soderbergh Continues to Stay Busy as Amazon Pilot 'Red Oaks' Gets a Cast

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood July 7, 2014 at 11:38AM

Amazon Studios has announced the cast for "Red Oaks," the Steven Soderbergh-produced comedy set to join the company's third pilot round later this year.
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Steven Soderbergh
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Amazon Studios has announced the cast for "Red Oaks," the Steven Soderbergh-produced comedy set to join the company's third pilot round later this year.

Craig Roberts ("Submarine") will star as David Myers, a college student who works as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in New Jersey in 1985.  Starring alongside Roberts are Paul Reiser, Richard King, Jennifer Grey and Oliver Cooper.

David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") will direct the pilot, which is written by longtime Soderbergh producer Gregory Jacobs ("The Knick" is coming this month on Cinemax August 8) and Joe Gangemi ("Eliza Graves").  All three will executive produce on the project, along with Soderbergh.

Jacobs pitched Soderbergh the idea for "Red Oaks" on the set of HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" and later shared the pilot script with the director while they were working on "The Knick."  Although Soderbergh has technically retired from directing features, he's been hard at work helming all ten episodes of "The Knick," a show set in the very analog world of 1900, starring Clive Owen as a fearlessly innovative surgeon at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital.

Amazon has four other projects planned for its third pilot wave later this year, some of which they will green light to full series based on viewer feedback.  They include "The Cosmopolitans," about a group of American expats in Paris, the hour-long drama "Hand of God," "Hysteria," a thriller about a strange illness that is spread by social media, and "Point of Honor," a Civil War drama from Carlton Cuse ("Lost") and Randall Wallace.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.