EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has set Paula Patton to star in Baggage Claim, a comedy that David Talbert has adapted and will direct from his bestselling 2003 novel. Patton will play flight attendant Montana Moore, who at 35 is the oldest woman in her family not married. With her sister tying the knot, Montana and her fellow flight attendants become determined to put a claim check on a husband in 30 days or 30,000 miles.
The film will shoot in September and it will be Talbert’s second time behind the camera. He wrote and directed First Sunday for Screen Gems, which was based on his play. Talbert is an underrated resource at a time when urban-themed films are in high demand after the success of Think Like A Man. Like Tyler Perry, Talbert developed a following in the black community by writing and touring his plays, the most recent of which was What My Husband Doesn’t Know, which played in 40 cities. He’s been doing that for 20 years and seems poised for a screen breakthrough.
Patton is coming off Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, and is currently starring with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg in 2 Guns for Emmett/Furla Films and Universal, and Disconnect for LD Entertainment. She’s repped by WME and Flavor Unit, while Talbert is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.