Emma Roberts joins cast of indie dramedy
Alec Baldwin and Emma Roberts have boarded Derick and Steven Martini’s indie dramedy “Lymelife.”
Cynthia Nixon, Rory Culkin, Kieran Culkin, Jill Hennessy and Timothy Hutton are also joining the cast.
Martin Scorsese and Leonard Loventhal exec produce the project, which starts shooting next week in New Jersey.
Set in late ’70s Long Island, the coming-of-age story follows two families who fall apart when precarious relationships, real estate problems and Lyme disease converge in the heart of suburbia. The Martini brothers also penned the screenplay.
Baldwin is producing alongside Jon Cornick, Barbara De Fina, Angela Somerville and Michele Tayler.
“It’s a very personal story, and it’s something I’ve been trying to get made for five years,” said Derick Martini, who developed “Lymelife” under Robert Redford at the 2001 Sundance Filmmakers Lab. “I’ve done a lot in the meantime, but (the story) has always nagged at me. It’s a terrific feeling to finally see it through to its fruition.”
As part of the lab, the brothers shot seven experimental scenes from their script. Kieran Culkin appeared in the original scenes, but he grew too old for the role and will now play an older brother.
Baldwin, like the Martinis, is a native of Long Island and has been attached to the project for years.
“I didn’t know him at the time, but when I wrote it, I had his voice in mind,” Derick Martini said. “He’s hung in there through the ups and downs of funding.”
Baldwin will shoot the project concurrently with his NBC series “30 Rock.”
Before “Lymelife,” the Martini brothers won the Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery Award and the Milan Film Festival’s best film prize for “Smiling Fish and Goat on Fire,” which they wrote, produced and starred in. Their writing credits include the Buddy Bolden biopic “Bolden!” and the thriller “Selling Time,” which is in development at 20th Century Fox.