It seems like somebody working for the upcoming NU Image/Millenium production Straight A’s has been burning up the phone today trying to get word out about the project. So far Variety has come out with not one, but two casting reports for the film. First, a little bit about what the movie is. James Cox, who has not done much, but is probably best known for his last film, 2003’s Wonderland, is set to direct. The script, from writer Dave Cole, is about a man who has been in and out of rehab for a decade, and who is haunted by the ghost of his dead mother. This pesky old ghost continually gripes at him that he needs to seek out his family and make amends with the people that he turned his back on long ago. Armed with a cache of pills and weed, this man makes his way back to his hometown of Shreveport to spend some time with his brother and his brother’s wife, who still pines after our main character, as he was her first love. Oh what a tangled web we weave.
On to the casting news: Ryan Phillippe, who looked like he was set to become a big deal in the late 90s, but who has cooled off considerably in recent years, has been cast in the lead role. Okay, so maybe he hasn’t cooled down so much, but instead of taking starring roles in things like I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions he has transitioned over to supporting roles in things like The Lincoln Lawyer and MacGruber. Perhaps this could be the thing that launches him back into leading man status. I mean, despite the fact that Cox is a bit unproven as a director in 2011, Phillippe already has a couple of strong actors supporting him. Playing the Phillippe brother’s character will be the most even of all the even-keeled Wilson brothers, Luke. Seeing as he has a lot of experience being a brother, I think he’s a great choice. Playing the young wife torn between two brothers will be True Blood actress Anna Paquin. Despite the fact that she has now achieved her greatest fame from starring in a TV show, Paquin began her career with a long string of film roles starting in 1993’s The Piano, and I’ve never seen her do bad work. So, hey, good choice. And maybe she’ll end up taking her clothes off for this like she always does for True Blood. I guess I’m looking forward to this one. Are you happy now, PR person?