Kym Whitley has answered the call for Fist Fight, New Line’s comedy about a mild-mannered English teacher (Charlie Day) who is challenged by a colleague (Ice Cube) to an epic fist fight after school. Whitley will play a 911 operator who gets a call so funny she calls her co-workers over to listen in. She’s got a great sense of humor and uses it to stay grounded during what can be a stressful and intense line of work. Veteran TV helmer Richie Keen is making his feature debut with the pic scripted by Evan Susser & Van Robichaux and David Hornsby. Ice Cube and Day are among the exec producers. Principal photography is set to start this month in Atlanta. Actress-comic Whitley stars in the OWN docuseries Raising Whitley, and other recent TV credits include Young & Hungry, Black Dynamite, Let’s Stay Together and Animal Practice. Her films include A Haunted House 2, We Bought A Zoo and I Love You, Man. Repped by APA, and Untitled, she next appears in the feature Nat Turner: Story Of A Prophet.
NBCUniversal Short Film Festival Finale Will Celebrate Diversity
Rob Reiner’s biopic LBJ has added two more people to the growing ensemble cast. Starring Woody Harrelson in the title role, the film tracks the career of Lyndon Johnson from his days as Senate Majority Leader to the assumption of the presidency following JFK’s assassination, through his tumultuous time in office during the height of the Vietnam War. C. Thomas Howell has signed on as Walter Jenkins, consultant, advisor, and right hand man to LBJ. He recently worked opposite Jon Voight on the film Woodlawn, and recently had an arc on season one of Girlfriends Guide To Divorce. He’s repped by Radius Entertainment and Innovative Artists.
Meanwhile, John Ellison Conlee has joined LBJ in the role of George Reedy, President Johnson’s Press Secretary and a longstanding member of Johnson’s inner circle. Conlee was recently nominated for a SAG Award (Ensemble in a Drama Series) for the final season of Boardwalk Empire, in which he played the younger version of Commodore Louis Kaestner, the role originated by Dabney Coleman. He is also a Tony Nominee for the musical The Full Monty. Other appearances include Parks and Recreation, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He’s repped by by Meghan Schumacher Management and Cornerstone Talent Agency.
Veteran actor Louis Gossett, Jr. has joined the cast of Operation Insanity, working title of the film formerly called From Here to Infirmity. The action-adventure comedy follows a teenager who teams up with his badass grandfather and his grandfather’s old war buddy to save the girl he loves from a terrible person. Gossett, Jr. will play “Mother,” another one of the grandfather’s old war buddies.
Operation Insanity also stars Paul Sorvino, James Caan and Jessica Walter. Directed by Erik Canuel, it’s produced by Arnie Zipursky and Ron Gilbert, and is currently filming in Toronto. Among Gossett, Jr.’s many previous credits are BET’s Book of Negroes, CBS’ Extant and Madame Secretary. He’s repped by Michael Mann Management.
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.