James Cox directs Nu Image/Millenium pic

EXCLUSIVE: Indie producer Nu Image/Millenium Films is lining up “Straight A’s,” to star Anna Paquin and Ryan Phillippe.

Nu Image developed the comedy under the radar, with production starting today at Nu Image’s studios in Shreveport, La. James Cox is directing from Dave Cole’s script.

Holly Wiersma and Rene Besson are producing, with Avi Lerner, Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Lati Grobman exec producing.

Phillippe portrays a man who’s been in and out of rehab for 10 years and is haunted by the ghost of his dead mother pressing him to return home to the family he turned his back on years ago. Outfitted with nothing more than a bag of pills and a sack of weed, he trots back to Shreveport, only to be faced with his brother’s wife, who’s still pining for him, her first love.

Riley Thomas Stewart (“The Beaver”) will play Phillippe’s character’s son.

“Shooting this film at our own production facility Millennium Studios reinforces our commitment to the state of Louisiana and its local economy,” said Lerner, co-chairman of Nu Image.

Wiersma worked with Cox previously on “Wonderland” and is producing “Billionaire Boys Club,” with Cox directing.

“True Blood” star Paquin will be seen next month in Fox Searchlight’s “Margaret.” Phillippe, last seen in “The Lincoln Lawyer,” will appear in “Set Up” with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Bruce Willis.

Paquin and Phillippe are both repped by WME.

Cole is represented by Ginsburg Daniels LLP.

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