Inked to act in puck pic
Maury Chaykin, whose recent credits include “The Sweet Hereafter,” “Mouse Hunt” and “Unstrung Heroes,” has joined the cast of David E. Kelley’s “Mystery Alaska” for Hollywood Pictures.Helmed by Jay Roach, pic stars Russell Crowe, Ron Eldard, Hank Azaria, Lolita Davidovich, Burt Reynolds and Colm Meaney. Pic is about a young hockey team in Alaska that gets a chance to play the visiting New York Rangers. It is slated to start production Jan. 26 in Canada. Kelley and Howard Baldwin are producing from a script by Kelley and Sean O’Byrne. Karen Baldwin and Jack Gilardi Jr. are co-producers. Chaykin’s other credits include “Dances With Wolves,” “Devil in a Blue Dress,” “A Life Less Ordinary” and the upcoming “Jerry and Tom.” His deal was brokered by Todd Eisner and David Brownstein of Writers and Artists Agency; and his manager Mel McKeon of Quantum Entertainment.