'Precious' Oscar-winner in talks for indie dramedy
EXCLUSIVE: More than two years after winning a supporting actress Oscar for “Precious,” Mo’Nique has settled on her next feature project, as the thesp is in talks to play a supporting role in the indie dramedy “Bumped.”Mo’Nique’s representation had no comment on the negotiations. “Gossip Girl” star Katie Cassidy, “X-Men: First Class” thesp Alex Gonzalez and Xenia Siamas have also signed on to the project, joining Kellan Lutz and Camilla Belle, who Variety first reported were set to star. Stephen Herek (“Mr. Holland’s Opus”) is directing from Lizzy Weiss’ script, which follows five strangers whose personal lives are both revealed and changed during a long layover at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. Titan Worldwide Entertainment principal Brad Feinstein is producing with Rumpus Entertainment’s Steve Carr and Jason Taragan, while Titan’s Allan Triel will serve as a co-producer. Ashok Amritraj and his Hyde Park Intl. banner is handling international sales for the project. Mo’Nique has fielded several feature offers since her performance in Lee Daniels’ “Precious,” but she has instead focused on hosting BET’s “The Mo’Nique Show.” She is repped by manager Sidney Hicks. CAA and Anonymous Content rep Cassidy, who recently starred alongside Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester in Fox 2000’s “Monte Carlo.” Gonzalez is a Spanish actor who recently played the mutant Riptide in “X-Men: First Class.” He’s repped by Kuranda Management. Siamas, who previously appeared in “Casino Jack,” is repped by James/Levy Management.