Wayans ‘Behind’ the camera for comedy

Privately-financed film to begin lensing in July

Damon Wayans will make his feature directing bow this summer with “Behind the Smile,” a dark indie drama set in the world of standup comedy, based on his original screenplay.

Marlon Wayans will star as a young comic who leaves Cleveland for Hollywood to pursue his dream of stardom and becomes entangled in the city’s seductive lifestyle. The production is fully financed by private equity.

James Belushi and Shakara Ledard (“Prey for Rock & Roll”) have supporting roles. Pic is expected to feature a number of comedian cameos.

Slated for principal photography in July, pic is produced by Annice Parker and Clark Peterson (“Monster”). Damon Wayans will exec produce.

ABC recently renewed Damon Wayans’ sitcom “My Wife and Kids” for a fifth season.

Marlon Wayans recently co-starred in the Coen brothers’ remake of “The Ladykillers.” He also stars opposite Shawn Wayans in Revolution Studios’ upcoming “White Chicks.”

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