Teen thesps Nick Robinson (“Melissa and Joey”), Gabriel Basso (“The Big C”) and Moises Arias (“Hannah Montana”) have landed the three leads in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ indie pic “Toy’s House,” which will co-star Erin Moriarty (“The Watch”), Alison Brie (“Community”), Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24”) and the husband-and-wife team of Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman.
First-time scribe Chris Galletta wrote the heartfelt comedy, which follows three unhappy teenage boys who flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land. The trio ultimately realize they may not be ready to grow up just yet.
Robinson will play Joe Toy, a sharp-witted teen who can’t stand living with his grumpy father, to be played by Offerman.
Basso play his best friend Patrick, a gentle giant who looks out for Joe. Arias is in negotiations to play Biaggio, a social outcast who finds acceptance from the other two boys.
Mullally will play Patrick’s overly attentive mother, while Brie will make a brief appearance as Joe’s sister. Moriarty will play a beautiful teen who comes between Joe and Patrick. Rajskub will play a local cop searching for the three boys.
Peter Saraf (“Little Miss Sunshine”) and John Hodges (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) will produce via Big Beach Films along with Tyler Davidson (“Take Shelter”) and his Ohio-based Low Spark Films banner.
“Toy’s House” is skedded to start production in July in Cleveland, having received an Ohio motion picture tax credit.
Vogt-Roberts is making his feature directorial debut with the pic, having previously helmed episodes of HBO’s “Funny or Die Presents…” and the short “Successful Alcoholics,” starring T.J. Miller and Lizzy Caplan.
UTA reps both Vogt-Roberts and Galletta, who are respectively managed by 3 Arts Entertainment and Anonymous Content.
Robinson, who stars in the Disney Channel telepic “Frenemies,” is repped by Savage Agency and Principato-Young Entertainment.
Basso, who plays Laura Linney’s son on Showtime’s “The Big C” and co-starred in J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8,” is repped by ICM Partners, Coast to Coast Talent Group, Management 360 and attorney Howard Fishman.
Arias previously appeared in “Nacho Libre” and just finished filming “Ender’s Game.” He’s repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and attorney Derek Kroeger. Moriarty is repped by Jordan, Gill & Dornbaum, ICM Partners, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorney Jodi Peikoff. Brie is repped by UTA and Vital Management Group, while Rajskub is repped by Innovative Artists.
Mullally and Offerman will soon be seen together in Lionsgate’s low-budget comedy “Gay Dude” and James Ponsoldt’s Sundance drama “Smashed.” Mullally is repped by Gersh and Jackoway Tyerman, which also reps Offerman along with UTA.