'Arrested Development' thesp takes 'He Loves Me' and 'The Brass Teapot'
Jason Bateman and Michael Cera aren’t the only “Arrested Development” stars who have made successful leaps to the bigscreen, as Alia Shawkat continues to expand her presence in features, booking supporting roles in a pair of high-profile indies.Shawkat has been cast in Fox Searchlight’s “He Loves Me” alongside Paul Dano and Annette Bening, as well as in “The Brass Teapot,” which stars Juno Temple and Michael Angarano. In “He Loves Me,” Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ follow-up to “Little Miss Sunshine,” Shawkat will play Mabel, a cute hipster who has a crush on Dano’s character and is obsessed with one of his literary creations. In the darkly comic morality tale “Brass Teapot,” which commercials helmer Raama Mosley is directing from a script by Tim Macy, Shawkat will play Louise, a friend of Temple’s character. Story follows a broke young couple who steal a brass teapot that produces cash whenever someone feels pain. Since her breakout role as Maeby Funke in the cult hit “Arrested Development,” Shawkat has appeared in Drew Barrymore’s “Whip It,” the Kristen Stewart-starrer “The Runaways” and most recently, in Miguel Arteta’s Fox Searchlight comedy “Cedar Rapids.” Thesp will soon be seen in Julian Farino’s “The Oranges,” which was just accepted into the Toronto International Film Festival, and Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress,” which has been selected to close the Venice Film Festival. Additionally, Shawkat stars in Joshua Leonard’s indie drama “The Lie” and is part of the comedic ensemble of Maggie Carey’s “The To Do List,” which stars Aubrey Plaza. Shawkat is repped by UTA and Kipperman Management.