Mandy Patinkin
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Thesp on board to portray father of Braff's character

Mandy Patinkin has joined Zach Braff on “Wish I Was Here,” the indie drama which has raised $2.6 million in three weeks of Braff’s Kickstarter campaign from fans.

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

Braff announced the casting on the Kickstarter page. The campaign crossed the $2 million goal on April 27 on its fourth day with backing from over 28,000 fans and has since added $600,000 and 10,000 more backers.

Braff 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.

Braff has said that the success of March’s “Veronica Mars” campaign, which raised a record $5.7 million on Kickstarter, inspired him to go ahead with the project. He also said that opting to go without traditonal financing will give him more artistic freedom.

Braff wrote, directed and starred in 2004′s “Garden State.” He was most recently seen in Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

Patinkin currently stars on “Homeland.” He recently marked the 20th anniversary of performing solo concerts with a two-week run of all of his concerts at New York’s Public Library, where he began his concert career.

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