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Richard Jenkins enrolls in ‘Liberal Arts’

Magaro, Weston and Reaser also join Radnor project

Exclusive: Richard Jenkins is set to re-team with his “HappyThankYouMorePlease” helmer Josh Radnor on the indie love story “Liberal Arts.” Also joining Radnor and leading lady Elizabeth Olsen are John Magaro, Michael Weston and “Twilight” star Elizabeth Reaser.

Radnor wrote the script, which finds him playing Jesse Fisher, a 35-year-old admissions worker at a Gotham college who visits his liberal arts alma mater in Ohio where a 19-year-old student named Zibby (Olsen) tries to romance him.

Jenkins will play Jesse’s favorite college professor who introduces Jesse to Zibby’s family at his retirement party. Magaro will play a depressed college student who befriends Jesse, while Weston will play one of his NYC friends. Reaser will play a bookstore employee and potential love interest for Radnor.

Jesse Hara is producing for Tom Sawyer Entertainment, the shingle behind the 2010 Sundance hit “HappyThankYouMorePlease.” Brice Dal Farra, Claude Dal Farra and Lauren Munsch will produce for BCDF Pictures, which is also financing.

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Radnor is set to start shooting this June while on hiatus from CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.”

Jenkins is coming off turns in two studio comedies, WB’s “Hall Pass” and Screen Gems’ “Friends With Benefits,” as well as the Brad Pitt-starrer “Cogan’s Trade.” Thesp also has “Cabin in the Woods” and “The Rum Diary” awaiting release.

Reaser, who’s best known for playing Esme Cullen in Summit’s “Twilight” franchise, recently wrapped Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult” and also co-stars in Fox Searchlight’s “The Art of Getting By,” which is set for release June 17.

Magaro, who recently starred in Wes Craven’s “My Soul to Take,” will soon be seen as one of the young leads in David Chase’s period drama “Twylight Zones.”

Weston, who recently enjoyed a recurring role on Fox’s “House,” can currently be seen in Dermot Mulroney’s directorial debut “Love, Wedding, Marriage.” Thesp also co-stars in Ryan O’Nan’s “Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best.”

Jenkins is repped by Gersh and Bill Treusch Management, Reaser by UTA and Kipperman Management, Weston by Paradigm and Management 360 and Magaro by Abrams Artists Agency and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

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