Connie Britton will be the latest addition to the super-cast being assembled for director Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, a dark family comedy that also features Tina Fey, Jane Fonda, and Jason Bateman.
The film, based on the 2009 novel by Jonathan Tropper, is about four combative siblings from the Foxman family who reunite at their childhood home for a week after their father dies, dredging up long-buried hostilities and problems.
Fey, Bateman, Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris, House of Cards) and Adam Driver (Girls, pictured above) play the siblings, while Fonda is their newly widowed mother.
The Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story, and Nashville star Britton will appear as the age-inappropriate girlfriend of Driver’s character — the baby of the family who has grown into perhaps the most troubled of the lot.
Though her character’s presence is part of what antagonizes the family, she is also well-suited for analyzing their various neuroses: She’s a therapist.
Of course, that only makes the situation worse.
This particular psychoanalyst is in need of some strong therapy herself. Despite their age difference (it’s none of our business, but his family doesn’t like it) and her boyfriend’s emotional immaturity, she has deluded herself into thinking there is a serious relationship forming with this out-of-control young guy.
Produced by Levy (Date Night, Real Steel, the Night at the Museum movies) and Paula Weinstein (The Perfect Storm, Blood Diamond), This Is Where I Leave You has put together one of the most impressive ensembles of any upcoming film.
Timothy Olyphant (Justified) plays Fey’s character’s long-ago love, who still lives with his mother, across the street from the Foxman family home, due to a brain injury he suffered when he and Fey were dating.
Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers) is married to Stoll’s character, and Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, the upcoming Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy The Internship) is Bateman’s new love interest, while Abigail Spencer (Cowboys & Aliens, Oz the Great and Powerful) plays his estranged wife.
Rounding out the cast is Ben Schwartz (the noxious Jean-Ralphio on Parks and Recreation, and scheming Clyde on House of Lies) as the family’s young rabbi, who is determined to bring a cool, modern edge to their faith’s longstanding traditions of mourning.
The Warner Bros. film begins shooting next month from a screenplay adapted by Tropper himself.
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