[i]The Hollywood Reporter[/i] wrote:NEW YORK -- "The Soup" host Joel McHale, Scott Bakula and a host of comedic actors are set to star opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh's darkly comic thriller "The Informant" for Warner Independent Pictures, Participant Media and Groundswell Prods.
Bakula and McHale, who is in final negotiations, will play FBI agents working with agri-business insider Mark Whitacre (Damon) to stop a price-fixing scam. The film is based on Kurt Eichenwald's 2000 best-seller "The Informant: A True Story."
Other new cast members known for their comedic turns are Mike O'Malley (CBS' "Yes, Dear"), Andrew Daly ("Semi-Pro"), Adam Paul (Starz's "Hollywood Residential") and Melanie Lynskey (CBS' "Two and a Half Men"). Comedian-actors Tom Wilson, Rick Overton and Tom Papa will round out the cast.
Although the subject matter is serious, one behind-the-scenes informant said Soderbergh is looking to create a thriller with dark comedy elements. He chose comedic actors who haven't been overexposed on film, planning to have them play their roles seriously and have a humorous tone emerge naturally.
The prestige film is a breakthrough for McHale, who has gained a cult following on the same E! series that gave Greg Kinnear his start. It also marks one of the biggest big-screen roles for Bakula ("Quantum Leap," "Enterprise").
Jennifer Fox and Gregory Jacobs are producing for Participant and Michael London's Groundswell. Scott Z. Burns adapted the book for the screen. Principal photography is set to begin this month.
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This has been in the works forever. Warner acquired it for Soderbergh six years ago, and Matt Damon has been attached for five. It finally starts shooting this month.
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I recently discovered this show (I'm so thankful for Tyra Banks' existence now,) despite the show being around for forever, and also agree that that is an inspired casting choice. I'm already looking forward to this.King Prendergast wrote:As a dedicated Soup addict I also applaud this inspired casting.
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The Girlfriend Experience is produced by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, so I think it's safe to assume that will fill one of his HDNet obligations. And Sasha Grey + HD is an equation that just makes sense.