'Undercovers' thesp supporting in Koontz-based supernatural thriller
Stephen Sommers continues to fill out the cast of “Odd Thomas,” as Patton Oswalt and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have been tapped for roles in the supernatural thriller based on Dean Koontz’s bestselling novel.Oswalt will play Oswald “Ozzie” P. Boone, an eccentric artist who designs sculptures, including a steel pendant that the titular clairvoyant hero wears around his neck and friend to Anton Yelchin as the titular hero, a clairvoyant short-order cook who encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark forces. “Californication” star Addison Timlin will play protag’s girlfriend, while Mbatha-Raw will play her best friend, Viola, a waitress who raises two young girls after their junkie mother dies. “Scream 4” star Nico Tortorella and Willem Dafoe are also in talks to join the cast, with the latter to play a local sheriff. Fusion Films partners John Baldecchi and Howard Kaplan are producing along with Sommers, who adapted the screenplay. “Odd Thomas” is skedded to start production next month in Santa Fe, N.M. Oswalt can currently be seen on Showtime’s “United States of Tara.” He recently wrapped Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult” and will be seen in the comedy “A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas,” which Warner Bros. releases Nov. 4. Mbatha-Raw recently starred on the J.J. Abrams-created NBC series “Undercovers.” Thesp next stars in Universal’s “Larry Crowne.” in which she plays a quirky college student who befriends Tom Hanks’ character. Oswalt is repped by CAA and Generate. Mbatha-Raw is repped by CAA and Principal Entertainment.