'Humpday' star to direct T.C. Boyle adaptation
“Humpday” thesp Joshua Leonard will make his feature directing debut and star in indie “The Lie.”Project is based on a T.C. Boyle short story that ran in the New Yorker last year, about a man who tells a lie to get out of work and inadvertently changes his life. Script was adapted by Leonard, and his co-stars Jess Weixler (“Teeth”) and Mark Webber (“Broken Flowers”), with additional story by Jeff Feuerzeig. Cast includes Jane Adams, with whom Leonard has co-starred in HBO series “Hung,” as well as Kelli Garner, P.J. Ransone, Gerry Bednob and Kirk Baltz. Mary Pat Bentel and Daniel Long produce. Leonard, who just signed with UTA and is managed by Laina Cohn, first broke out as an actor with indie horror hit “The Blair Witch Project.” He directed short “The Youth in Us” and co-helmed documentary “Beautiful Losers.” “The Lie,” funded by private equity, starts production this month in Los Angeles.