Thursday, October 24, 2013 / 3:58 am
Katherine Heigl Headlines Jenny’s Wedding
KATHERINE HEIGL, TOM WILKINSON, LINDA EMOND AND GRACE GUMMER TO STAR IN "JENNY'S WEDDING"
Los Angeles, California (October 23, 2013) – Emmy-winning and Golden Globe nominee Katherine Heigl (KNOCKED UP, 27 DRESSES), two-time Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson (THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, MICHAEL CLAYTON), two-time Tony Award nominee Linda Emond (JULIE & JULIA) and Grace Gummer (FRANCES HA, LARRY CROWNE) are set to star in the new dramedy, JENNY'S WEDDING, written and to be directed by Mary Agnes Donoghue (BEACHES), it was announced today by producers Donoghue, Gail Levin and MM Productions' Michelle Manning.
Set to start shooting on October 28th, JENNY'S WEDDING revolves around Jenny (Heigl) who causes a massive sea-change in the lives of her closely knit, highly conventional family when she finally decides to marry. A pretty and engaging woman, everyone is baffled by Jenny's lack of a love-life, and her parents (Wilkinson, Emond) particularly have been anxious for her to settle down, but when the announcement comes that she is finally going to wed, her choice of partner tears the family apart. In order to reconnect, everyone including Jenny, must reinvent themselves.
"I am proud to bring writer/director Mary Agnes Donoghue's poignant story to life. 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," said Manning.
"JENNY'S WEDDING is a funny and heart-warming story which is written beautifully by Mary Agnes Donoghue. We've assembled a great cast which will definitely make it a buzz title for us at AFM," said Wilson and Nestel.
JENNY'S WEDDING is being financed by Merced Media Partners and PalmStar Media Capital and executive produced by PalmStar's Kevin Frakes, Merced's Raj Brinder Singh and Stuart Brown, as well as Lauren Selig. The Solution Entertainment Group's ("The Solution") Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel are also executive producing the film and will handle international sales for JENNY'S WEDDING.
CAA and Gersh are handling US rights.
Mary Agnes Donoghue's writing credits include THE BUDDY SYSTEM, starring Richard Dreyfus and Susan Sarandon, BEACHES with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey in the leads, DECEIVED starring Goldie Hawn, WHITE OLEANDER starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Renee Zellwegger and Robin Wright, and VERONICA GUERIN with Cate Blanchett playing the lead role. She previously wrote and directed PARADISE starring Melanie Griffith, Don Johnson, Elijah Wood and Thora Birch, and her stage play "Me and Mamie O'Rourke", ran in the Strand Theater on London's west end, starring Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French.
Katherine Heigl won an Emmy and was nominated for two Golden-Globes for her role as Dr. "Izzie" Stevens on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." Her feature film credits include Judd Apatow's box office hit KNOCKED UP, 27 DRESSES, THE UGLY TRUTH, LIFE AS WE KNOW IT and NEW YEAR'S EVE. She will next be seen in NORTH OF HELL co-starring Patrick Wilson currently in post-production and will lend her voice to THE NUT JOB alongside Will Arnett, Liam Neeson and Brendan Fraser, due out for release in January 2014 through Open Road Films.
Tom Wilkinson is a renowned British actor whose extensive credits include the box office hit THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL, THE FULL MONTY, BATMAN BEGINS, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and THE DEBT. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards for his roles in MICHAEL CLAYTON opposite George Clooney and IN THE BEDROOM co-starring Sissy Spacek. His upcoming films include 2013 Toronto Film Festival official selection titles FELONY opposite Joel Edgerton and BELLE co-starring Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson to be released by Fox Searchlight in spring 2014.
Linda Emond has been nominated for two Tony Awards for her work in Life (x) 3 and the classic stage play Death of a Salesman opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield. Her feature film credits include JULIE & JULIA co-starring Meryl Streep, STOP-LOSS, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and NORTH COUNTRY. She's also had guest roles on several TV series including CBS' "The Good Wife" and NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." She will next appear in Spike Lee's OLDBOY, set for release in November through FilmDistrict.
Grace Gummer was seen in theatres earlier this year in Noah Baumbach's critically acclaimed FRANCES HA, opposite Greta Gerwig. She also had a recurring role on the second season of HBO's Emmy-Award winning and Golden Globe nominated show, "The Newsroom." Her other feature film credits include LARRY CROWNE opposite Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts and she will next appear in THE HOMESMAN, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones alongside Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank as well as LEARNING TO DRIVE, with Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, both in post-production.
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.
Other titles on The Solution's slate include heist film THE FORGER which is currently shooting with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan; HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE AN ENGLISHMAN with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba also in production; LAGGIES starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell; 5 TO 7 starring Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe; David Mamet's BLACKBIRD to star Cate Blanchett; FELONY starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson which world premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival; GRAND PIANO starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack which world premiered at Austin's Fantastic Fest; NOVEMBER MAN starring Pierce Brosnan and TWO NIGHT STAND with Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton.
ABOUT MM PRODUCTIONS
Michelle Manning is the owner of MM Productions, a feature film and television production company with a roster of projects in various stages of development; Shane Black's COLD WARRIOR for Universal to be produced with Anthony Bagarozzi & David Greenblatt, Bert V. Royal's A THOUSAND WORDS OR LESS for Fox Searchlight to be produced with Dana Jackson, Bruce Beresford's GRAND LAKE to be produced with Stanley Isaacs, GONZALEZ & DAUGHTER TRUCKING COMPANY to be produced with Gail Levin & María Amparo Escandón and starring 2012 Academy Award Best Actor Nominee Demián Bichir, and UNTITLED TEAM HOYT PROJECT with Academy Award Winning Writer Ron Bass for HBO to be produced with Jeff Miller, Graham Kaye & Gail Levin.
ABOUT GAIL LEVIN
Gail Levin has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. As the Executive Vice President of Features Casting at Paramount Pictures from 1999-2009, Gail supervised the casting of all feature films produced by the studio. She has personally cast such iconic films as Almost Famous (Kate Hudson Oscar-nominated performance), Jerry Maguire (Cuba Gooding Jr. Oscar-winning performance, Tom Cruise Oscar-nominated performance, Renee Zellweger breakthrough performance), and What's Eating Gilbert Grape (Leondardo DiCaprio's first Oscar-nominated performance).
ABOUT THE SOLUTION ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
The Solution Entertainment Group is a multi-faceted, full service international sales and financing company which offers filmmakers access to development funding, production funding, production and post-production services as well as international distribution. The Solution was founded in 2012 by international sales veteran, Lisa Wilson, and leading film financier, Myles Nestel, who are both partners.
MERCED MEDIA PARTNERS
Merced Media Partners is the film investment vehicle of EBF & Associates. EBF is a privately held registered investment advisor specializing in alternative investment strategies. The firm was founded in 1988 and manages $2.0B of limited partner capital.
PALMSTAR MEDIA CAPITAL
PalmStar Media Capital is a Los Angeles-based specialty financial services company owned and operated by partners Kevin Frakes and Peggy Taylor. PalmStar invests senior and mezzanine debt, production equity and distribution funding in motion pictures. PalmStar is a strategic partner and media advisor to Merced Media Partners. PalmStar also develops and produces films through its production arm, PalmStar Entertainment. PalmStar's recent projects include the Roger Donaldson-helmed spy-thriller November Man, starring Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko; Amy Berg's Every Secret Thing, starring Diane Lane, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Banks; and the romantic comedy How to Make Love Like an Englishman, starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba.