NBC thesps join indie comedy
Connie Britton (“Friday Night Lights”) and Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) have joined the ensemble, while Plaza’s “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” co-stars Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman have come aboard to provide comedic support. Hader’s wife, Maggie Carey, is set to write and make her feature directorial debut on the coming-of-age story; Plaza will star as a type-A valedictorian who’s determined to lose her virginity before leaving for college. Project does not have a start date yet, as financing is still coming together. Mark Gordon and Jennifer Todd are producing for the Mark Gordon Co., while 3 Arts Entertainment’s Tom Lassally and Greg Walter will exec produce. Glover, who previously starred opposite Plaza in “Mystery Team,” has a cameo in Disney’s “The Muppets” on the horizon, while Samberg is gearing up to shoot the Adam Sandler comedy “I Hate You Dad” for Columbia this summer. Shawkat can currently be seen in the Fox Searchlight comedy “Cedar Rapids.” Carey, whose “Hand Job” script was featured on the 2009 Black List, co-created and directed the WB online series “The Jeannie Tate Show,” and previously served as a writer on the ABC series “In the Motherhood.” She most recently co-wrote and directed the recurring sketch “Lady Refs” for HBO’s “Funny or Die Presents,” which featured Hader. Glover is repped by CAA and 3 Arts. UTA reps Samberg and Shawkat, along with Mosaic and Kipperman Management, respectively. Whitman is repped by ICM and Industry Entertainment. WME reps Britton and Simmons along with Untitled Entertainment and the Schiff Co., respectively. UTA also reps Carey and Hader along with 3 Arts and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, respectively.