EXCLUSIVE: A June 1 start date has been set in Los Angeles for The Pretty One, with Zoe Kazan and Jake Johnson starring in a script that made the 2011 Black List and was a finalist for the Nicholl Fellowship and Zoetrope screenplay contest. Jenee LaMarque wrote the script and makes her directorial debut. Pic is an offbeat comedy about an awkward but loveable young woman who is mistaken for her dead “perfect” identical twin, and seizes the chance to masquerade as her sister. But when she falls in love with her twin’s eccentric next door neighbor, she finds herself wanting to live her own imperfect life, and have the truth come out. The film’s being financed by private equity.
Kazan’s starring in the Neil LaBute-scripted Some Girls and the Joss Whedon-scripted In Your Eyes, and she scripted He Loves Me, which Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris are directing. Kazan stars with Paul Dano. Johnson is one of the stars of the Fox hit series The New Girl, opposite Zooey Deschanel and was also just seen in 21 Jump Street and most recently completed Safety Not Guaranteed, which FilmDistrict bought after its Sundance premiere in January.
The Pretty One‘s being produced by Robin Schorr and is the first film in production from her RCR Pictures banner. She produces with Steven J. Berger’s Provenance Pictures. LaMarque’s repped by UTA and Management 360, Kazan by Gersh and Johnson by UTA and 3 Arts.