Casting: HE LOVES ME gets cast members; David Mamet’s Phil Spector biopic loses one

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
July 13th, 2011

Following on the heels of their last film, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, five years away from the camera doesn’t seem to be effecting the luster of directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

24 Frames is reporting that Antonio Banderas, Steve Coogan, Deborah Ann Woll, Elliott Gould, and Chris Messina have all joined Paul Dano in the pair’s upcoming film, HE LOVES ME. Annette Bening is also aboard the project, and Aasif Mandvi is currently in talks.

The film follows “a young novelist Calvin (Dano) who achieves success early in his career but begins to face some internal struggles. In an attempt to overcome writer's block, he is told to write the woman he thinks will love him -- and winds up willing her into existence, "Weird Science"-style.” The film’s writer, Zoe Kazan, will play the woman in question.

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In other casting news, Bette Midler has left the cast of the upcoming David Mamet-directed Phil Spector biopic, having suffered a herniated disc, according to Deadline. The film will star Al Pacino. 

Overall, this is a bit of upsetting news as it’s been a while since we’ve seen Midler, but the film is still very much an exciting project. HE LOVES ME is equally as intriguing, particularly with the addition of names like Banderas and Woll, who has only really been seen in something like True Blood. Both projects are ones to keep an eye on.

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