EXCLUSIVE: Ben-Hur‘s Toby Kebbell, X-Men‘s James Marsden and Bad Teacher‘s Lucy Punch have joined Sofia Vergara and others in the cast of Whitney Cummings’ comedy The Female Brain. Based on the book by neuro-psychiatrist Louann Brizendine, Female Brain looks at the inner workings and complex power of brain chemistry among couples at different stages of their relationships and focuses on five couples who are struggling with each other — whether its commitments issues, parenting or simply admitting to being useless around the house.
Cummings is also starring and making her directorial debut on the project after adapting the book with Neal Brennan. The film is being financed by Black Bicycle Entertainment and produced by Erika Olde and Night and Day Pictures’ Michael Roiff, who earlier this year was nominated for four Tony Awards.
Black Bicycle recently announced Hallie Meyers-Shyer’s Home Again which they are financing and producing alongside Nancy Meyers.
Others in the film include the already announced Cecily Strong (Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live), Beanie Feldstein (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Blake Griffin (Broad City), Xosha Roquemore (The Mindy Project), Chris D’Elia (Undateable), and Deon Cole (Black-ish).
Kebbell, one of the stars of this weekend’s release Ben-Hur, has a number of interesting movies upcoming including A Monster Calls and Kong: Skull Island. Likewise, Marsden will be seen in the reboot of Westworld as well as in Rob Reiner’s Shock And Awe, a drama about the only journalists who asked vital questions in the lead-up to the Iraq War. Punch, who is multi-talented as a singer in stage and film (and also has TV credits), is a comedic and dramatic talent who has been in Into the Woods and will next be seen in You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger.
Cummings, Marsden, Punch, Kebbell, and D’Elia are all repped by CAA, which also represents the film’s worldwide distribution rights.
Vergara is represented by UTA and Latin World Entertainment. Strong is represented by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment, Feldstein by WME and Brillstein Entertainment, and Griffin by Excel Sports Management. Roquemore is represented by Authentic Talent and Literary Management and SDB Partners, and Cole by APA. Marsden is also repped by manager Sean Elliot at Authentic.