MGM inks 3 to complete ‘Molly’ cast

Hennessy, Mitchell and Moffett fill in the blanks

MGM has rounded out the cast for “Molly,” inking deals with Jill Hennessy, Elizabeth Mitchell and D.W. Moffett to join Elisabeth Shue and Aaron Eckhart in the film.

“Molly,” which is expected to undergo a name change, is directed by John Duigan from a script by Dick Christie. Bill MacDonald is producing and Amy Heckerling is exec producing.

Thomas Jane also joined the cast earlier this month.

Shue stars in the film as the title character, a mentally handicapped woman who becomes a genius after undergoing a revolutionary medical procedure.

Eckhart will play Molly’s brother, who cares for her after she is released from an institution. Hennessy, who is best known for her three-year stint on NBC’s drama series “Law and Order,” co-stars as the doctor who performs the surgery on Molly, and later falls in love with Buck.

Moffett — whose feature credits include Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Stealing Beauty,” “Black Widow” and “Pacific Heights” — plays Buck’s best friend, an attorney. And Mitchell takes on the role of a psychiatrist who convinces Buck to let his sister undergo the operation. Mitchell recently appeared in the HBO telepic “Gia” and currently co-stars in Fox’s new drama series “Significant Others.”

The film goes before the cameras Sunday in Los Angeles, for a possible release in late 1998 or early 1999.

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