Brody, Lohan saying yes
Adrien Brody and Lindsay Lohan have said yes to the indie romantic comedy “Speechless.”Helmer Brian Dannelly (“Saved”) will direct the Sobini Films production, with shooting pegged to start later this year. Project, previously known as “The Guided Man,” is a modern Cyrano de Bergerac story about an introverted man (Brody) who is invited to give a speech at his childhood friend’s wedding and turns to a service that allows someone — played by Lohan — to speak through him. Pic is based on a story by L. Sprague De Camp from 1952. Dannelly and writing partner Michael Urban are co-writing the script along with Steve Adams, who penned the original adaptation. Sobini’s Mark Amin will produce along with Sobini production prexy Robin Schorr and company prexy Cami Winikoff. Curtis Burch, who brought the script to Schorr, and Kathleen Haase, will also take producer credit. If Lohan’s deal closes, it would mark her sixth straight indie film, and it’s not by coincidence. Sources indicated that after the thesp’s successful studio run in pics like “Freaky Friday” and “Mean Girls,” she is keen on working in character-driven pieces alongside reputable actors. The strategy is working: she teams with Meryl Streep in “A Prairie Home Companion,” with Jane Fonda and Felicity Huffman in Garry Marshall’s “Georgia Rule,” and she just closed a deal to star opposite Aaron Eckhart in GreeneStreet Films’ “Bill.” Other indie pics include “Bobby” and “Chapter 27.” Lohan next stars in Fox laffer “Just My Luck.” Brody is in Spain where he is lensing Menno Meyjes’ “Manolete” for Lolafilms. Brody has “Hollywoodland” in the can. Both are repped by CAA.
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