EXCLUSIVE: Corey Stoll (House Of Cards, Midnight In Paris) and Sarah Baker (The Campaign) have joined the cast of The Good Lie, about a young Sudanese refugee who wins a lottery for relocation to the U.S. with three others. Ugandan-born Brit Arnold Oceng (My Brother The Devil) nabbed the lead role of Mamere opposite Reese Witherspoon as a brash American woman assigned to help the Lost Boys. The pic, based on true events, begins filming Monday in Atlanta before production heads to Africa. Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) is directing from a screenplay by Margaret Nagle (Warm Springs, Boardwalk Empire).
Filmmakers took pains to cast actors of Sudanese origin in the project, which was developed in the Imagine-Reliance Entertainment Writers Lab. A worldwide casting search led them to Ger Duany, a former Sudanese Lost Boy who emigrated to the U.S. and became a professional model, and fellow ex-child soldier-turned-hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal.
Stoll will play Jack, the owner of an employment agency that helps the boys. He is repped by UTA and Suskin Management and has also lined up Warner Bros’ This Is Where I Leave You with Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, and Jane Fonda. Groundlings alum Baker co-stars on NBC’s Go On and will appear in New Line’s Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy. She’ll play a relief volunteer alongside Witherspoon in the pic marking her first foray into drama. Baker is repped by Pakula/King & Associates.
Black Label Media, formed by Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill, is financing and producing with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Karen Kehela Sherwood as producers with Imagine Entertainment’s Kim Roth and Reliance Entertainment’s Deepak Nayar as executive producers. The Good Lie will be released by Alcon Entertainment via Warner Bros.