Wendell Pierce (The Odd Couple, Tremé) and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Underground, True Blood) are set to star in One Last Thing, an indie drama from writer-director Tim Rouhana. The pic from Beech Hill Films and Low Profile Films follows a lonely Florida dentist (Pierce) whose days are filled by work and his solo daily golf game. When he is confronted by a figure from the past bringing news that he has an adult daughter (Smollett-Bell) living in Brooklyn, he begins an eventful journey outside of his comfort zone. Pierce is a regular on CBS’ The Odd Couple, whose second season premieres Thursday, and also starred on HBO’s Tremé and The Wire. Other recent credits include Suits and Ray Donovan. Pierce is repped by Paradigm and Essential Talent Management. Smollett-Bell stars on WGN America’s new drama Underground and has appeared on such shows as True Blood, Parenthood, The Defenders and Friday Night Lights. Repped by ICM Partners and Storefront Entertainment, she next appears in the features Hands of Stone and Audrey’s Run.
Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) has booked a role in Downsizing, Alexander Payne’s film for Paramount Pictures about a man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces them to a tiny fraction of their size. Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau star. No details on Champlin’s character. She co-stars on the CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and other credits include Birdman, Younger and The Good Wife. She next appears in the Public Theater’s all-female production of The Taming of the Shrew, which opens May 24 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. She’s repped by Talent House and Forward Entertainment.