Laffer stars Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Lauren Ambrose
Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to Stephen Gyllenhaal’s comedy “Grassroots,” starring Jason Biggs, Joel David Moore, Lauren Ambrose, Cobie Smulders, Tom Arnold, Christopher McDonald and Cedric The Entertainer.Goldwyn made the announcement Wednesday during the opening of Cannes. It has slated a June 22 release for the Seattle-set pic to take advantage of the Seattle Film Festival — where it will have its world premiere on June 10 — and be a part of the pre-Election conversation. Gyllenhaal helms from a script he co-wrote with Justin Rhodes. Producers are Peggy Rajski, Michael Huffington, Matthew R. Brady, Brent Stiefel and Peggy Case. Story takes place in 2001 when a political unknown decides he must oppose a City Councilman’s mass transit proposal for a ground rail train because of its impact on lower-class neighborhoods and environmental harm on the local salmon population. Ian Puente and Peter Goldwyn negotiated the deal with Maren Olson of Traction Media and attorney Darin Frank on behalf of the filmmakers.