Thesp to replace Nico Tortorella in ensemble film
Exclusive: Newcomer Matthew Daddario has stepped in to replace Nico Tortorella in Drake Doremus’ untitled follow-up to “Like Crazy,” while Elise Eberle is also in talks to join the ensemble cast.Guy Pearce stars as a high school teacher who’s tempted to cheat on his wife (Amy Ryan) with a student (Felciity Jones). Tortorella had been in negotiations to play a popular jock named Aaron, but he still hadn’t wrapped Stephen Sommers’ “Odd Thomas.” The producers of that supernatural indie worked with his reps to solve the scheduling problem but in the end, couldn’t make the dates work. Daddario had originally been cast as Aaron’s best friend, but was bumped up to the bigger role when Tortorella fell out. Eberle will play the best friend of Mackenzie Davis, who is playing Pearce and Ryan’s daughter, a role that Eberle was initially considered for. Director Doremus and Ben York Jones co-wrote the semi-improvised pic, which Indian Paintbrush is financing and co-producing with Super Crispy Entertainment. Daddario, the brother of “Percy Jackson” thesp Alexandra Daddario, has appeared in several commercials and will make his feature debut with the film. Eberle next stars opposite Willa Holland in Lawrence Blume’s adaptation of his mother Judy Blume’s novel “Tiger Eyes.” Thesp recently wrapped the indie “As Cool as I Am,” which stars Claire Danes and James Marsden. Eberle is managed by Christopher Rockwell at Global Creative, while Daddario is repped by Innovative Artists and Harvest Talent Management.