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Winstead, Paul get ‘Smashed’

Actors in talks to topline indie dramedy

Super Crispy Entertainment is lining up an impressive cast for its latest project “Smashed”: “The Thing” heroine Mary Elizabeth Winstead and “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul are in negotiations to topline the indie dramedy, while Octavia Spencer, the breakout star of “The Help,” and “Parks and Recreation” thesp Nick Offerman are set to co-star.

James Ponsoldt (“Off the Black”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Susan Burke.

Loosely described as a modern day take on Blake Edwards’ 1962 dra- ma “Days of Wine and Roses,” pic stars Winstead and Paul as a married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol. Their relationship is put to the test when the wife decides to get sober.

Spencer will play Winstead’s close friend and AA sponsor, while Offerman is closing a deal to play an assistant principal at the elementary school where the protag teaches.

Super Crispy principals Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling are producing alongside Jennifer Cochis; while Stephen Ricci, Elise Salomon and Stephanie Meurer will serve as co-producers.

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Winstead next stars in Universal’s remake of “The Thing,” which opens Oct. 14. Paul recently wrapped the Gilbert Films-produced indie “Quad.” Spencer played feisty maid Minny Jackson in “The Help.” And Offerman will soon be seen alongside Will Ferrell in the Spanish-language comedy “Casa de mi padre.”

Winstead is repped by CAA, while Spencer is repped by WME. UTA reps Offerman, Paul and Ponsoldt, with the latter duo managed by Leverage Management and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, respectively.

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