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Jon Hamm to appear opposite Zachary Quinto, Jenny Slate in Aardvark

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  • Jon Hamm will appear opposite Zachary Quinto and Jenny Slate in Aardvark, which Brian Shoaf will direct from a script he wrote. The story revolves around a mentally ill man (Quinto) who meets with a therapist (Slate) after experiencing hallucinations, and thinks he’s fallen in love — he’s unable to tell, however, if his romantic interest is real or not. His therapist, meanwhile, falls for his famous brother, to be played by Hamm. Quinto is producing the film, which is shooting in New York, through his Before the Door Pictures. [THR]
  • Maika Monroe is in talks for Felt, which already has Liam Neeson, Jason Bateman, and Diane Lane among its cast. Peter Landesman wrote the script for the spy thriller, which he will also direct and produce. The film tells the story of “Deep Throat,” the whistleblower behind Watergate whose identity was concealed until special agent Mark Felt came forward in 2005. Principal photography is scheduled for March 2016, and filmmakers are reportedly in talks with other potential cast members. [Variety]
  • Andrew Scott has been cast in Denial, joining Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, and Timothy Spall. Mick Jackson is directing the film, which has a script by David Hare that is adapted from Deborah E. Lipstadt’s book My Day In Court With a Holocaust Denier. The book tracks “Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust Denier,” Deadline writes. Scott will play solicitor Antony Julius in the film, which also has Caren Pistorius, Jack Lowden, Alex Jennings, and Harriet Walter on board. Principal photography kicked off this week in London. [Deadline]
  • Luke Wilson and Abbie Cornish are set to star in The Girl Who Invented KissingTom Sierchio is directing the film, marking his directorial debut. Vincent PiazzaDash Mihok, and Suki Waterhouse also star. The drama is about two brothers and how their relationship, which sees the younger look after the older, is changed by a mysterious woman. [THR]
  • Austin Abrams and Jerry MacKinnon have signed on for Dude, which already stars Lucy Hale, Kathyrn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp, and Awkwafina as four close friends named Lily, Chloe, Amelia, and Rebecca, respectively. The film centers on the girls “as they navigate their final weeks as high school seniors, while balancing responsibilities, friendship, and lots of weed,” according to Deadline. Olivia Milch is writing and directing the project that has Abrams as James, Lily’s younger brother who grew up surrounded by women, and MacKinnon as Sam, a friend of the four girls. [Deadline]
  • Matthew Espinosa, of Vine fame, will star in an untitled comedy-drama feature from CDS Films. The story focuses on a fictional teen pop sensation Jordan Jay, played by Espinosa, who runs away to a small town, and meets a girl, Emily, who is uninterested in him. Joshua Caldwell is directing the film, and Lamar Damon wrote the script. Sarah Jeffery, Tava Smiley, Caitlin Keats, LaMonica Garrett, and Allison Paige will also appear. Espinosa is executive producing the film with CDS’ Jeff Levin. [Deadline]