EXCLUSIVE: Olivier Award-winning stage star Lesli Margherita has joined Taye Diggs and Topher Grace in One Shot, the movie musical about a failed performer-turned-stage manager (Grace) struggling to keep his latest show from imploding on opening night. Broadway and West End vet Margherita will play Brandy, a brassy resident chorus girl who makes a bet with the flamboyant Malcolm (Diggs) to see who’ll bed a hunky new cast member first. Margherita is currently on Broadway in Matilda as Matilda’s mother Mrs. Wormwood, a role she originated for the NYC cast. She won an Olivier for her turn in the Gypsy Kings musical Zorro and nabbed an Ovation Award for her performance in Kiss Me Kate in LA. TV credits include Fame L.A.; she’s repped by Hartig/Hilepo Agency and Velocity Entertainment Partners.
Eddie Marsan (Filth, War Horse, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) has joined Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, and Haley Bennett in the Untitled Patricia Highsmith Project, a 1960s-set psychological thriller adapted by Susan Boyd from Patricia Highsmith’s 1954 novel The Blunderer. Story tracks a successful architect whose fascination with an unsolved murder leads him into a cat and mouse game with a killer and an over-ambitious detective. Andy Goddard is directing the film, which began lensing last week backed by Sierra Pictures and 120db Films and Electric Shadow. Sierra/Affinity is repping international sales while CAA handles domestic, and so far has sold 25 foreign territories including the UK, Spain, Australia, Latin America, and more to Sony Pictures Worldwide and Germany to Wild Bunch. Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa are producing with Ted Hope and Sierra Pictures. Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg and Kelly McCormick, 120dB’s Stephen Hays and Peter Graham, Electric Shadow’s Alexa Seligman, Jay Taylor and John Jencks, and Miscellaneous Entertainment Finance’s Joe Simpson are exec producers. Marsan is repped by UTA and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the UK.