Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, Amy Adams Cast In Andrew Levitas’ LULLABY
Garrett Hedlund (TRON: LEGACY, COUNTRY STRONG, and the upcoming ON THE ROAD and INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS), Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), Jessica Brown Findlay (PBS’ “Downton Abbey”), Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (DREAMGIRLS), Oscar nominee Terrence Howard and three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams (THE FIGHTER) will star in acclaimed fine artist Andrew Levitas’ comedy/drama LULLABY. It was announced today by Mimi Steinbauer, President and CEO of Radiant Films International, and producers Andrea Stone-Brokaw of Ananta Productions and Cary Brokaw (THE PLAYER, SHORT CUTS, ANGELS IN AMERICA, CLOSER) of Avenue Pictures. Radiant Films will be offering the film to international buyers of the Cannes Film Market.
Levitas will direct the feature film from his own script which is set to start shooting in June 2012 in New York City. The Producers are in discussion with several domestic distributors but the North American rights have not been licensed.
Filled with considerable comedic beats, LULLABY explores the power of life, its transformative moments and reconnections between loved ones. Estranged from his family, Jonathan (Hedlund) receives word that his father, Robert (Jenkins), who has been fighting illness for over a decade has chosen to take himself off life support in less than forty-eight hours. What follows is an unexpected journey of love, laughter, and forgiveness.
“Andrea and Cary have assembled a truly stellar cast for this life affirming tale of family and love. And in Andrew Levitas’ visionary hands LULLABY will unquestionably be an exciting film” said Steinbauer.
“Andrew Levitas has written a remarkable script and created a story that is as funny as it is moving and a part of life that everyone can identify with.” said Stone-Brokaw and Brokaw.
Hedlund made his leading breakout role in Disney’s action blockbuster TRON: LEGACY opposite Jeff Bridges before starring in COUNTRY STRONG opposite Gwyneth Paltrow. He will next star in Walter Salles’ Cannes 2012 Official Selector ON THE ROAD, where he co-starred with Adams alongside Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen and the Coen Brothers’ INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS opposite Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, currently in post-production.
Jenkins will next be seen opposite Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini in KILLING THEM SOFTLY which will world premiere in the Official Selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He received an Oscar nomination for his performance in THE VISITOR and can currently be seen in theatres in the box office horror hit THE CABIN IN THE WOODS for Lionsgate and Lawrence Kasdan’s DARLING COMPANION opposite Mark Duplass and Diane Keaton. His other upcoming films include Sundance hit LIBERAL ARTS, Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP and ONE SHOT opposite Tom Cruise for Paramount Pictures.
Findlay can currently be seen playing Lady Sybil Crawley on the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey”. She was nominated last year for a British Independent Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her lead performance in IFC FILMS’ ALBATROSS opposite Felicity Jones. She has several films in the works including WINTER’S TALE opposite Will Smith, Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell for Warner Bros Pictures, John McKay’s NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING and the comedy SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD.
Hudson won the hearts of millions and an Academy Award for her electrifying performance in DREAMGIRLS. She also starred in THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and in the upcoming WINNIE.
Howard was nominated for Best Actor for his acclaimed performance in HUSTLE & FLOW. He also starred in FOUR BROTHERS, THE HUNTING PARTY, THE BRAVE ONE and IRON MAN. His upcoming films include Robert Redford’s THE COMPANY YOU KEEP and Niels Arden Oplev’s DEAD MAN DOWN opposite Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace.
Adams is one of today’s most versatile actresses with three Oscar nominations under the belt, most recently for the Oscar winning THE FIGHTER opposite Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale and DOUBT opposite Meryl Streep. Last year she starred in Disney’s mega box office hit THE MUPPETS and will next be seen in ON THE ROAD, set for release through IFC Films and Sundance Selects in late Fall 2012. Her other upcoming films include TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE opposite Clint Eastwood, Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER co-starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman and Zac Snyder’s highly anticipated MAN OF STEEL for Warner Bros. Pictures in 2013.
Levitas is an internationally recognized artist. His paintings have exhibited world-wide, including the prestigious Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts 2008 exhibition at the Louvre. He is also a highly acclaimed photographer and creator of the photographic process Metalwork Photography. His work has been featured in the world’s top photographic journals as well as garnered attention through sales at the top auction houses and Museums worldwide. Levitas also recently produced the Fox Searchlight release THE ART OF GETTING by that made its debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Andrea Stone-Brokaw is a highly respected producer and casting director with a body of experience working in film communities the world over. She worked as Executive Vice President of Production for Viking Film based in Norway. Upon returning to Los Angeles she focused on her career as a casting director and has cast over 25 feature films working on films in the U.S., Spain, Australia and the U.K. She has cast many stars in some of their early leading roles including Colin Firth, Kevin Spacey, Benecio Del Toro, Viggo Mortensen, Josh Brolin, Matthew McConaughey, Vince Vaughn, and Patricia Clarkson. She was the resident casting director for Avenue Pictures from 1995 to 2000. Andrea has over ten films and two television series in development.
Cary Brokaw of Avenue Pictures is a two time Emmy award winning producer who won for HBO’s mini-series “Angels in America” starring Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson and Mike Nichols’ “Wit”. His film credits include the Oscar nominated CLOSER starring Julia Roberts, Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, and directed by Mike Nichols, MERCHANT OF VENICE, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons, and THE PLAYER, SHORT CUTS, and DRUGSTORE COWBOY are among his many other films.
Media House Capital and Three Point Capital are co-financing the film. Aaron L. Gilbert is an Executive Producer and Patrick Murray is a co-Executive Producer.