Paquin joins cast of Rabe’s ‘Hurlyburly’

Oscar-winner Anna Paquin has joined the cast of Storm Entertainment’s “Hurlyburly,” being helmed by Anthony Drazan.

She joins Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Meg Ryan and Garry Shandling in the feature adaptation of David Rabe’s play (Daily Variety, Nov. 13).

Marking her first adult role, the 15-year-old will play Donna, a pretty young drifter and aspiring actress who becomes involved with a group of wannabe Hollywood players.

Drazan, Richard Gladstein and David Hamburger are producing from a screenplay by Rabe. The indie feature is being fully financed by Storm Entertainment and is slated to begin production Dec. 8.

Paquin — who received an Oscar for her feature debut in Jane Campion’s “The Piano” — recently wrapped actor Tony Goldwyn’s directorial debut, “The Blouse Man,” for Dustin Hoffman’s Punch Prods. The film co-stars Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen.

The New Zealander’s other credits include Franco Zeffirelli’s adaptation of “Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre” and Carroll Ballard’s contemporary pic, “Fly Away Home.” Paquin also has a cameo role in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad.”

She is repped by Brian Gersh of the William Morris Agency and managers Julie Silverman Yorn and Eli Selden of Addis, Wechsler & Associates.

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