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Atkins becomes ‘Smart Ass’

Thesp joins Wayans in found-footage spoof

Essence Atkins is set to star opposite Marlon Wayans in the indie “Smart Ass,” which Wayans will direct with Mike Tiddes.

Pic is described as a spoof of a various found-footage pics like “Paranormal Activity” and “The Devil Inside Me.”

Rick Alvarez and Lisa Blum are producing the pic, which is currently filmming in L.A.

Atkins previously worked with Wayans on Paramount’s “Dance Flick” and can currently be seen in the TBS skein “Are We There Yet?”

She is repped by Buchwald-Fortitude.

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