EXCLUSIVE: 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden is going from spoiled girl to bad girl. The actress will play Bo, a tough-as-nails but directionless stripper, in the teen pic Hard Sell. Kristin Chenoweth will join her in the Long Island-based indie playing Lorna Buchanan, the mother of science geek Hardy (The Three Stooges‘ Skyler Gisondo). Necessary Roughness’ Hannah Marks plays Hardy’s love interest Lake. Sean Nalaboff is directing the pic, which just began production. Bowden is repped by UTA and Management 360, Chenoweth by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
It’s a leap from soap star to POW, but Deadline has learned that Aussie Jordan Patrick Smith is in negotiations to join the cast of the Angelina Jolie directed Unbroken. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 bestseller, the pic tells the tale of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese and sent to a POW camp. Jack O’Connell is set to play Zamperini, with Garrett Hedlund and John Magaro also in the film. Recently seen down under for the past three years on Neighbors, Smith would play Cliff, an Australian prisoner who can’t take life in the camp much longer. Set for a Christmas 2014 release, the Jolie-helmed film will be the actor’s feature debut. Smith is repped by Untitled Entertainment and Aran Michael in Australia.