Charlie Sheen, Leah Remini, Naya Rivera to Star in Crackle Film ‘Mad Families’

Charlie Sheen is set to star in “Mad Families,” a movie heading to Sony’s streaming service CrackleVariety has learned.

Sheen, who is also attached as an executive producer, will star alongside Leah Remini, Naya Rivera and Finesse Mitchell.

Written by David Spade and Fred Wolf, “Mad Families” centers on three families — one Hispanic, one African American, one Caucasian — who find themselves sharing the same camping space on the July 4th holiday weekend and try to figure out a way to co-habitate peacefully, but eventually decide on a series of competitions to determine a winner. Sheen will star as Charlie Jones, described as “a loveable man-child with a heart of gold and a unique way of looking at the world.” Remini will star as Sheen’s step-mother, Cheyenne.

“Mad Families” began production last week in Los Angeles. No premiere date has been set.

After signing on to star and exec produce the project, Sheen worked with Wolf — who wrote the script, and is producing and directing the streaming flick — to develop his role. “Mad Families” marks the second project between Crackle and Wolf, who write and directed “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser” for the network. Anne Clements is also a producer.

“It’s great to be back in business with Fred, and to have Charlie on board. The combination of Fred’s unique comedic voice and Charlie’s sharp wit and gift for physical humor is sure to be ‘winning.’ Original movies are a key component of our ongoing programming strategy and ‘Mad Families’ is a great fit for our viewers,” said Eric Berger, EVP of digital networks at Sony Pictures Television and General Manager at Crackle.

“Mad Families” marks Sheen’s latest project, since disclosing he is HIV positive. He is starring alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the indie action film “Nine Eleven” about five people trapped in an elevator in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

For Rivera, the flick marks the “Glee” alum’s first project, since her recent highly-publicized novel hit shelves.

The cast is rounded out by Juan Gabriel Pareja (“Goliath”), Charlotte McKinney (“Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser”), Chris Mulkey (“Whiplash”), Clint Howard (“Arrested Development”), Chanel Iman (“Dope”), Barry Shabaka Henley (“Better Call Saul”), Lil Rel Howery (“The Carmichael Show,”), Tiffany Haddish (“The Carmichael Show”), Efren Ramirez (“Eastbound and Down”) and Danny Mora (“Chop Shop”).

APA helped package “Mad Families” with Sheen, Remini, Haddish and Lil Rel all repped by the agency. Additionally, Remini is repped by Carol Bodie at art2perform and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman LLP; Haddish by Principato-Young Entertainment and attorney Gordon Bobb; and Lil Rel by 3 Arts Entertainment, and Cohen Gardner.

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