Actresses join Film Dept. romantic comedy

Kathy Bates and Whoopi Goldberg have joined the cast of the Film Department’s “Earthbound,” which stars Kate Hudson and Gael Garcia Bernal.

The Film Department is fully financing the picture, which began production Jan. 18 in New Orleans. Rosemarie DeWitt, Lucy Punch, Romany Malco, Steven Weber and Treat Williams also star.

“Earthbound” is being directed by Nicole Kassell from a screenplay by Gren Wells. Story centers on an irreverent young woman who unexpectedly falls in love with her doctor. John Davis, Mark Gill, Robert Katz and Adam Schroeder are producing, with Neil Sacker and Michael Goguen exec producing.

Bates most recently starred in “The Blind Side.” Goldberg is next featured in “Toy Story 3.”

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