'Avatar' thesp joins Hewitt, Sergei in play adaptation
“Avatar” thesp Joel David Moore has landed the other male lead in Bryan Fogel’s feature adaptation of the Off-Broadway hit “Jewtopia,” which stars Ivan Sergei and Jennifer Love Hewitt, as Variety first reported.Trio will be surrounded by an impressive comic ensemble including Tom Arnold, Jon Lovitz, Nicollette Sheridan, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Rita Wilson, Wendie Malick, Camryn Manheim, Peter Stormare, Lin Shaye, Christine Lakin, Hayes MacArthur, Bree Turner and “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal. Fogel co-wrote the script with his fellow “Jewtopia” playwright Sam Wolfson. Sergei plays a gentile who falls in love with a Jewish girl (Hewitt) who’s only interested in marrying a Jewish man. Moore will play Sergei’s Jewish best friend who helps him pretend to be Jewish, but as the gentile delves deeper into the world of Judaism, stereotypes collide, cultures clash, and chaos ensues. “Race to Witch Mountain” helmer Andy Fickman is producing with Pavlina Hatoupis and Courtney Mizel. Pic, which has already started filming in Los Angeles, is described as a cross between “Wedding Crashers” and “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Moore, who is slated to appear in Oliver Stone’s “Savages,” next stars in David R. Ellis’ “Shark Night 3D,” which Relativity Media opens Sept. 2. He is repped by Innovative Artists and Underground Films and Management.
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