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Hayden Panettiere, Ellen Burstyn Join Viola Davis in ‘Custody’

Hayden Panettiere and Ellen Burstyn have joined Viola Davis and Catalina Sandino Moreno in James Lapine’s courtroom drama “Custody.”

Tony Shalhoub, Raul Esparza and Dan Fogler have also been cast. “Custody” will begin shooting this week in New York City.

The film, directed by Lapine from his own script, follows three women whose lives unexpectedly intersect at a New York Family Court. The attachments of Davis and Sandino Moreno were first reported a month ago.

Production companies are Lucky Monkey Pictures, Ju Vee Productions, Mustard & Co and the Greenlight Group. Producers are Lauren Versel, (“Last Five Years,” “Arbitrage”), Katie Mustard (“Shelter,” “We’ll Never Have Paris”), Lapine and Roy Furman. Executive producers are Davis, Julius Tennon, Daryl Roth, Sandy Robertson, Gregory P. Shockro, Jeff Elliot and Chad Moore.

Lapine has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning three times. He recently was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a Peabody for the HBO documentary “Six by Sondheim.”

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