Octavia Spencer has joined the cast of Diablo Cody’s untitled pic for Mandate Pictures starring Russell Brand and Julianne Hough.

Variety first reported earlier this month that Spencer was in negotiations and Mandate has now made it official.

Cody is making her directorial debut from a script she penned.

The pic centers on a sheltered young woman who loses her faith after a plane crash and goes to Las Vegas, where she meets an unlikely companion.

Spencer would play card dealer at a casino on the strip where Brand’s character works.

Mason Novick will produce with Mandate Prexy Nathan Kahane will exec produce with Cody.

Spencer was most recently seen in DreamWorks’ “The Help.”

She is repped by WME.

Popular on Variety