Josh Gad

Thesp will portray brother of Braff's character

Josh Gad has joined the cast of Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here,” on the heels of Mandy Patinkin coming on board the indie drama.

Wish I Was Here” has raised $2.62 million in three weeks of Braff’s Kickstarter campaign from more than 38,200 fans.

Gad will play Braff’s brother. Producers plan to shoot the film in Los Angeles in the summer.

Braff announced the castings on the Kickstarter page.  He  plans to star and direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with his brother Adam. Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg will produce via their Double Feature Films.

Braff will portray a struggling actor, husband and father trying to find his identity and purpose at age 35. He winds up trying to home school his two children when his father can no longer afford to pay for private education and the only available public school is on its last legs.

Gad was nominated for a Tony for the musical “Book of Mormon.” He most recently co-starred, wrote and executive produced NBC’s comedy series “1600 Penn” and will next be seen in the feature film “The Internship” in June and “Thanks For Sharing” in September.

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