EXCLUSIVE: Gone Baby Gone and Birdman actress Amy Ryan has joined the cast of Mindy Kaling’s comedy Late Night, I can reveal. Kaling, Emma Thompson, John Lithgow and Hugh Dancy star in the feature from director Nisha Ganatra (Cake), which is shooting now in New York.
Kaling, star of The Mindy Project who appears in Warner Bros’ upcoming Ocean’s 8, wrote the script and is producing with Howard Klein, alongside Imperative Entertainment and FilmNation, who are also handling international sales. 30WEST and FilmNation are financing, with the former handling U.S. rights with CAA.
Late Night centers on a late-night talk show host (Thompson) who is at risk of losing her long-running show right when she hires her first female writer (Kaling) who revitalizes her show and her life. Rounding out the cast are Reid Scott, Paul Walter Hauser, Denis O’Hare, John Early, Max Casella and Megalyn Echikunwoke.
Ryan next will be seen this fall in Amazon Studios’ Beautiful Boy, in which she stars alongside Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, as well as Strange but True, in which she stars with Greg Kinnear for CBS Films. She recently starred in Central Intelligence with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart and Brad Furman’s The Infiltrator. She also recurred on NBC’s The Office.
FilmNation is heading into Cannes with red-hot market title 355, revealed by Deadline yesterday, as well Amazon Studio’s The Aeronauts, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, and Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria. Recent FilmNation productions include Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield and Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams.
At Tribeca, 30WEST negotiated and secured the deal for Apple to acquire worldwide rights to the Ed Sheeran feature documentary Songwriter, directed by Murray Cummings and produced by Kimmie Kim. The finance outfit recently partnered with Bleecker Street to buy U.S. rights to Wash Westmoreland’s Colette starring Keira Knightley and arranged the partnership between NEON and AGBO Films to buy Assassination Nation, directed by Sam Levinson.
Ryan is repped by The Gersh Agency and Bloom Hergott.