The campaign raised the funds from 46,520 fans with pledges from $10 for T-shirts and production notes to two $10,000 pledges –one for the slate used on the film signed by the cast and the other for being a cast member with Braff promising to put the donor in a scene with a spoken line.
“We’d like to shoot in August in LA, so if you would like a walk on role to complement your credit, you’ll need to be available then,” Braff explained. “You will provide your own travel and accommodation.”
Besides Braff, cast includes Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Anna Kendrick, Jim Parsons and Josh Gad.
Worldview Entertainment signed on last week to provide gap financing to “Wish I Was Here.” Wild Bunch is currently handling international sales for the film at the Cannes Film Festival; CAA will rep domestic rights.
“Wish I Was Here” is expected to cost $5 million.
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.