‘Paranormal’ star spirits to Searchlight dramedy

Christopher Smith set to join Louis-Dreyfus, Gandolfini

Paranormal Activity 3” star Christopher Smith is set to join Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini in writer-director Nicole Holofcener’s next movie, which remains untitled at Fox Searchlight.

Smith will play a young man who Louis-Dreyfus’ masseuse character meets prior to falling for her new friend’s husband, who will be played by Gandolfini.

Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Stefanie Azpiazu are producing the pic, which will begin filming in the coming weeks. Duo previously produced Holofcener’s 2010 comedy “Please Give.”

Smith, who will play the lead in Rob Greenberg’s CBS comedy pilot “Ex-Men,” will soon be seen in Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” which will open next month’s Venice International Film Festival before screening at Toronto in September. Thesp is best known for playing the male lead in Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 3,” which took $53 million domestically its opening weekend en route to grossing over $205 million worldwide.

In addition to being an actor, Smith is also the head writer and star of the sketch comedy group The Harvard Sailing Team, which performed at Montreal’s Just For Laughs fest in 2010.

Smith is repped by Paradigm, Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Melissa Manfro at Hansen, Jacobson.

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