Jacki Weaver (Silver Lining’s Playbook), Taye Diggs (Chicago) and Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels) are to lead cast in comedy Stage Motherset in the drag queen world of San Francisco. Currently in pre-produciton, Film Mode, which handles world sales, will be shopping the movie in Cannes with shoot is due to get underway in Canada later this year.

Canadian director Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst) is helming the movie penned by San Francisco screenwriter Brad Hennig (The Hot Flashes). The cute story follows a conservative Texas church-choir director who inherits her recently deceased son’s San Francisco drag club. Following her heart, she surprises her closed-minded husband and everyone else she knows by moving on her own from Texas to San Francisco save the club from bankruptcy.  In this raucous, racy new environment, she begins to open up and find new meaning for her life, even becoming a mother figure to the club’s flamboyant performers, until a surprise visit threatens to upend her new life.

J. Todd Harris is producing for Branded Pictures Entertainment alongside Idiot Savant’s Anne Clements, 4K Productions’ Laurie Lacob and Emotion Pictures’ Doug Pettigrew. Executive Producers are Clay Epstein, Brad Hennig and Thom Fitzgerald.

Stage Mother has the sharp balance of humor and drama that characterize a number of films that focus on mature protagonists in unexpected new surroundings, like The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or Shirley Valentine, and especially those that focus on conservative straight characters coming to embrace the LGBTQcommunity, as in Pride and Kinky Boots,” Fitzgerald said.

Weaver is repped by ICM Partners and Elevate Management, Diggs by ICM Partners and Authentic Management and Liu by ICM Partners, Framework and Untitled.