Casting: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer to PLAY THE FIELD; Mae Whitman joins PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 5th, 2011

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With the film anxiously awaiting its start date, the upcoming Gerard Butler comedy, PLAYING THE FIELD, just got a little classier.

24 Frames has revealed that Catherine Zeta-Jones and Judy Greer have joined the upcoming project, which already boasts a cast including Butler, Uma Thurman, Jessica Biel, and Dennis Quaid.

The film will be helmed by Gabriel Muccino (best known for his two Will Smith films SEVEN POUNDS and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS), and will follow a former soccer player who turns to coaching his estranged son’s soccer team to regain lost time with the kid. Toss in romantic relationships with various soccer moms, and you basically have the premise for the film  Zeta-Jones will play a sexy news reporter, while Greer will be one of the aforementioned soccer moms.

Stuart Blumberg has also been brought on to pen the film’s latest draft, after writer Robbie Fox penned the original drafts. Personally, this is a film that I, at this point, don’t have a ton of interest in, but this cast is quite compelling. I am a fan of both of these actresses, so hopefully they can do well within this narrative.

In other casting news, Variety is reporting that Mae Whitman (SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD) has joined the cast of the upcoming take on the Stephen Chbosky novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The film will see Chbosky taking on his own material as director, and sees Whitman joining Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in the film, which follows “a shy and unpopular high school student who writes a series of letters to an anonymous penpal. Book gained attention for its mature exploration of the awkward times of adolescence.” Whitman will play Mary Elizabeth, a “tattooed vegetarian who acts as the protagonist’s first girlfriend.”

This film is really shaping up to be something really special. It shoots this May, with a 2012 release being eyed.

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