Chase locks in cast for Paramount debut

Thesps to join James Gandolfini, John Magaro

David Chase has rounded out the cast for his untitled feature directing debut for Paramount with Brad Garrett, Bella Heathcote, Christopher McDonald, Molly Price and Lisa Lampanelli.

Studio had confirmed last week that James Gandolfini was re-teaming with “The Sopranos” cohorts Chase and Steven Van Zandt in the coming-of-age drama. Gandolfini’s on board to portray the father of a teen in a rock band, set in 1960s suburbia, with John Magaro playing his son.

Garrett’s portraying a composer and music producer. Price will play the boy’s mother with Lampanelli as his aunt. McDonald plays the father of the boy’s love interest (Heathcote, a rising star who just landed the femme lead in Warner Bros. “Dark Shadows” revival (Daily Variety, Feb. 3)).

Chase is producing and directing from his own script in his feature directorial debut. Mark Johnson is also producing.

Par Vantage releases.

Chase, creator-exec producer of “The Sopranos,” signed on in 2008 to write, direct and produce the feature. Chase has a longstanding relationship with Paramount chairman Brad Grey, who was an exec producer on “The Sopranos.”Garrett is repped by WME, Raw Talent Management and Gendler & Kelly, APC; Heathcote by WME and Jackson-Medavoy Ent.; McDonald by Gersh and Brillstein; Price by Gersh; Lampanelli by CAA and Parallel Ent.

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