EXCLUSIVE: Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Jonathan Del Arco (Major Crimes), Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Steve Kazee (Shameless) and Susan Sullivan (The Kominsky Method) have signed on to star in The Grotto, the first feature written and directed by Tony Award-winning actress Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods).
The film centers on Alice (Brandt), who uncovers her recently deceased fiancé’s secret past when she inherits part ownership of a forgotten nightclub in the Mojave Desert.
Del Arco will play Victor, the owner of the nightclub, with Bucatinsky portraying Alice’s new best friend, Kip. The roles played by Kazee and Sullivan have not yet been disclosed.
Actors set to appear in supporting roles include Miguel Sandoval (Station 19), Caroline Aaron (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Michael Nouri (Damages), Amy Aquino (Bosch), Lindsay Mendez (Broadway’s Carousel) and Kevin Chamberlin (Broadway’s Seussical).
Ouroboros Entertainment’s Laure Sudreau is producing the film, alongside Todd Shotz, Tim Kirkman, Kelly Woyan and Sean Akers of T42 Entertainment. It will enter production in Los Angeles in a matter of days.
“The cast for ‘The Grotto’ is an embarrassment of riches. I have had these characters in my mind for the past few years and always believed that by some miracle, the right actors were going to show up. And they have — with big thanks to our casting directors,” said Gleason. “The chance to work with these actors led by the incomparable Betsy Brandt is a dream come true.”
Gleason’s first feature comes on the heels of several directorial outings in TV. Back in the ’90s, she helmed episodes of the series Love & War (CBS), The Louie Show (CBS) and Oh Baby (Lifetime).
Brandt is represented by Patty Woo Management, TalentWorks, and Del Shaw Moonves; Del Arco by SDB Partners and manager Kyle Fritz; Bucatinsky by Gersh, Principal Entertainment LA and Myman Greenspan Fox; Kazee by APA and D2 Management; Sullivan by Paradigm; Gleason by Innovative Artists, Forward Entertainment and Shep Rosenman, Esq. of RLG LLP.