Italian thesp Giancarlo Giannini (“Swept Away”) has joined the cast of “The Whole Shebang” starring Stanley Tucci, Bridget Fonda and Talia Shire.
Writer-director George Zaloom’s pic centers on an Italian immigrant (Tucci) who comes to N.Y. to work in the family fireworks factory and meets the widow of his cousin (Fonda), killed in a fireworks accident. Former Paramount topper David Kirkpatrick is producing the pic through his Original Voices banner. Lensing is underway in Vancouver and will continue through next month, before relocation to Italy in January.
Giannini has numerous feature credits, including 1995’s “A Walk in the Clouds,” “The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca” starring Andy Garcia, and Woody Allen’s “New York Stories.” The thesp is repped by Jay Julian in New York and Italy-based managers Mario & Vittorio Squillante.
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Fredro Starr (“Light It Up”) has joined Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas in Paramount’s interracial romance “Save the Last Dance” for director Thomas Carter. Starr plays a troubled, drug-dealing teen.
Starr’s previous credits include Spike Lee’s “Clockers” and Miramax’s “Ride.” He is repped by Todd Eisner and Chris Schmidt at Writers and Artists and Edmonds Entertainment’s Evan Hainey.
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David Keith (“The Indian in the Cupboard”) and William McNamara (“Sweet Jane”) are set to star in the indie “License to Steal” from tyro helmer Lance Lane and producer Billy Gallo. Pic is a financial thriller about a corporate exec (McNamara) who makes the jump to Wall Street, becoming entangled in its fast-paced world and high-pressure environment. Keith will play his boss, with whom he is constantly at odds.
McNamara, whose credits include “Stealing Home” and WB’s “Copycat,” will fit “License” around his role on Showtime’s “Beggars and Choosers.”
Both actors are repped by Sarah Clossey, James Suskin and Don Spradlin at Writers and Artists. Keith is also managed buy Brad Fuller at Somers Teitelbaum David.
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Jessalyn Gilsig is close to signing on as a new regular on the David E. Kelley/Twentieth Century Fox TV drama “Snoops.” Gilsig will join the cast in mid-January, coinciding with the departure of series co-star Paula Marshall, whose character will be killed off.
Gilsig’s character has not been written yet, but it will be part of the show ensemble, not as a co-star on equal billing with series star Gina Gershon.
The thesp was most recently seen in a recurring role on “The Practice.”
Gilsig’s feature credits include “The Horse Whisperer,” “A Cooler Climate” and a voice on “Quest for Camelot.”