Sam Richardson (Veep) and Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live) round out the cast of Office Christmas Party, the ensemble holiday comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn, T.J. Miller and Kate McKinnon. When a CEO tries to close her hard-partying brother’s branch, he and his Chief Technical Officer must rally their co-workers and host an epic office Christmas party in an effort to impress a potential client and close a sale that will save their jobs. Production has begun on Atlanta on the pic from directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck and scripted by Laura Solon. No character details for Richardson or Bayer, who join a cast that also includes Jillian Bell, Courtney B. Vance, Rob Corddry, Randall Park and Jamie Chung. Richardson co-stars on Veep, which has its fifth-season premiere April 24 on HBO, and in the upcoming Comedy Central series Detroiters. Repped by UTA, Principato Young and Jackoway Tyerman, he next appears in the feature Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates. Bayer has been an SNL player since 2010, and she also appeared in Trainwreck, The Awesomes and Portlandia. Next up is the indie pic Carrie Pilby. She is repped by WME, Rise Management and Jackoway Tyerman.
Jaden Michael (Custody) has booked a role in Wonderstruck, writer-director Todd Haynes’ adaptation of the children’s novel by Brian Selznick. Starring Julianne Moore, the Amazon Studios film follows two kids from different eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, they set out on quests to find what they are missing. Selznick wrote the screenplay. Michael will play Jamie, a New York city boy. Repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Shirley Grant Management, he appears in James Lapine’s thriller Custody, which premiered at Tribeca this week. Other credits include A Little Game, Every Secret Thing and Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming HBO drama The Get Down.
David Oakes (Victoria) has joined Ray Stevenson in the cast of Cold Skin, a fantasy thriller based on Albert Sanchez Pinol’s novel. The story involves a young Irishman who sails off to take on the yearlong role of a weather observer, alone on an island near the Antarctic Circle. Upon arriving, he soon learns he is not alone and must defend himself against the creatures who inhabit the island. Oakes will play Friend. Oakes appeared on the BBC’s The Living And The Dead and ITV’s Victoria and co-starred in miniseries The White Queen. He is repped by D2 Management and Conway van Gelder Grant.