Michalka, Fimmel, Zima join cast of Smokewood pic
EXCLUSIVE: “Hellcats” star Aly Michalka, model-turned-actor Travis Fimmel and “Californication” thesp Madeline Zima have joined the cast of Smokewood Entertainment’s “Long Time Gone.”“Precious” producer Sarah Siegel-Magness makes her directorial debut with the pic, which stars Meg Ryan as a woman who suffers a nervous breakdown after her cheating husband leaves her. Zach Gilford and Graham Rogers co-star as her two sons who, along with the latter’s live-in girlfriend (Amanda Crew), attempt to comfort Ryan in her time of need. Michalka will play Janine, a local girl who went to high school with Rogers and finds herself attracted to him despite being a few years older. Fimmel will play Jeff, an intelligent Grateful Dead fan who sells pot to Rogers, while Zima will play Annie, an earnest hippie who works at a food co-op and gets fixed up with Gilford. Karen McCullah (“The House Bunny”) wrote the script, which is based on April Stevens’ novel “Angel, Angel.” Scribe will also produce with Bobbi Sue Luther and Gary Magness, while Andrew Sugerman and Seth Jaret will exec produce. Production will start next month in Los Angeles. Michalka, who broke out on the Disney Channel’s “Phil of the Future,” recently appeared in the Screen Gems pics “Easy A” and “The Roommate.” She’s repped by CAA and Prospect Park. Fimmel recently filmed the FX pilot “Outlaw Country” and will soon be seen in the indie “The Baytown Disco.” He’s repped by Paradigm and Management 360. Zima, who’s best known for playing mischievous Mia on Showtime’s “Californication,” recently wrapped the indies “Crazy Eyes” and “Lake Effects.” She’s repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.