Fred Armisen, of IFC’s Portlandia and the movie Fresno directed by Jamie Babbit, and Billy Zane have joined the expanding case of Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2. Armisen was announced today via Twitter and Instagram, following Stiller’s posting about Zane a day earlier. Others who’ve signed to return for the follow-up to the supermodel saga include Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor, Will Ferrell and many others, plus newbie to this catwalk Kristen Wiig and Cyrus Arnold as Zoolander’s son. Stiller again directs; ditto Justin Theroux for script and in front of the camera antics. Zoolander 2 is slated to open February 12.
David Clennon (Gone Girl), Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) and Colm Feore (The Borgias) are lined up for major roles in the indie feature Sophie, directed by Jose Marquez and written by Elissa Matsueda. Tatiana Kelly, Aaron Sherry and Matthew Lewis are producing. The story follows Sophie Cle, marketing director for her father Jack Cle’s (Feore) controversial memory-retrieval system. Sophie is kidnapped by radicals who want to steal her father’s work. While trying to escape, Sophie discovers unnerving secrets about her father. Aja Naomi King plays the title character, and Jeanette Samano will play Isa, her abductor. Clennon plays Dr. Ciespy, physician and friend of Jack. Plummer plays Elizabeth, who formerly worked for Jack. Plummer, Feore and Clennon are repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency. Feore is managed by The Coronel Group and Plummer by Red Management.
Vega Baby Releasing has picked up the dark comedy Shooting The Warwicks, written, directed by and starring Adam Rifkin. Multiplatform release is planned for the summer. Warwicks debuted in 2013 as the opening-night film at SXSW under the title Reality Show. Described as a kind of Nightcrawler meets reality TV, Shooting The Warwicks is a satire that imagines just how far a TV show will go in a quest for ratings. Rifkin plays a producer who has created a new show called Meet The Warwicks in which a random, unsuspecting family is put under 24-hour surveillance without their knowledge. Unfortunately, this family turns out to be boring, so Rifkin’s character Mickey Wagner starts manipulating “reality” to stir things up, with chaotic results. The project was produced by D-Generate, Blump’s International and Campbell Grobman Films. Exec producers are Michael Petok and James T. Moore. Producers are Jared Hoffman, Chris Pollack and Rifkin on behalf of D-Generate and Blump’s International. Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell produced on behalf of Campbell Grobman.