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Paul Dano joins action comedy

Cruise, Diaz star in untitled Mangold film

Paul Dano has been cast alongside Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in Fox’s untitled action comedy, formerly titled “Wichita.” Shooting starts next month in Boston under director James Mangold.

Cathy Konrad, Todd Garner, Steve Pink and Joe Roth are producing the pic.

Story centers on a federal agent, portrayed by Cruise, who finds himself teamed with a wholesome and upbeat Midwestern woman, played by Diaz. Dano will play a charming but mysterious scientist whose invention is at the center of Cruise and Diaz’s chase.

Dano is in Spike Jonze’s upcoming “Where the Wild Things Are” for Warner Bros. and in “The Extra Man” with Kevin Kline and John C. Reilly. He’s in Oregon shooting Kelly Reichardt’s “Meek’s Cutoff” with Bruce Greenwood, Michelle Williams, Shirley Henderson and Zoe Kazan.

Dano’s repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment.

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