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AFM: Katherine Heigl to Star in ‘Jenny’s Wedding’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Indie comedy, co-starring Tom Wilkinson and Grace Gummer, starts shooting on Oct. 28

Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond and Grace Gummer are heading to indie comedy “Jenny’s Wedding,” with shooting to start Oct. 28.

Rights to “Jenny’s Wedding” will be for sale at the American Film Market starting Nov. 6. The Solution is handling foreign territories, while CAA and Gersh are handling U.S. rights.

Mary Agnes Donoghue is directing from her own script. She is also producing with Gail Levin and MM Productions’ Michelle Manning.

“Jenny’s Wedding” is being financed by Merced Media Partners and PalmStar Media Capital. Exec producers are PalmStar’s Kevin Frakes, Merced’s Raj Brinder Singh and Stuart Brown, Lauren Selig and the Solution’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.

Heigl will play the title character, who causes a massive sea change in the lives of her closely knit, highly conventional family when she finally decides to marry. Wilkinson and Emond will portray her parents.

“I am proud to bring writer/director Mary Agnes Donoghue’s poignant story to life,” Manning said. “Her vision of the family dynamic is unique, inspiring and highly entertaining, and we couldn’t have assembled a better cast to bring the complexities of these characters to life, in what will surely make a highly impactful and very commercial film that will strike a chord with audiences everywhere.”

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Donoghue’s writing credits include “Beaches,” “White Oleander” and “Veronica Guerin.” She previously directed “Paradise” from her own script.

“Jenny’s Wedding” represents familiar thematic turf for Heigl, who played a 27-time bridesmaid in “27 Dresses.” She will next be seen in “North of Hell” opposite Patrick Wilson.

Wilkinson appeared in two films shown at the Toronto Film Festival — “Felony” and “Belle.” Emond will next appear in Spike Lee’s “Oldboy,” and Gummer will be seen in Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman” alongside Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank as well as “Learning to Drive” with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson.

Heigl is repped by CAA, Wilkinson by Lou Coulson Associates and Principal Entertainment LA, Emond by CAA and the Susan Smith Company and Gummer by CAA and Anonymous Content. Matt Hooper of Foster Pepper negotiated the deals on behalf of the filmmakers.

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