4 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

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OWN’s mega writer-producer-actor Tyler Perry is out to develop for another network’s drama ranks: Perry is developing the first scripted drama for TLC. The series serves as new territory for TLC as it attempts to shift its reality television focus. The network, which has been home to some oddball reality series, has seen its share of controversy over the last couple of years. Perry will remain in full control of the series, “Too Close To Home,” as a writer, director, and executive producer. The cast for the up and coming show has yet to be announced, but plot details tell of a young woman who leaves her modest upbringing only to find herself in a Washington D.C.–style scandal. When she returns home to her trailer park roots, she’s greeted by her past and must navigate an increasingly complicated future. Kim Coleman will cast the drama and filming will begin in August in Atlanta, Georgia.

Everyone wonders what happens to the soul when death creeps in, and a few medical students are willing to take the risk to find out. This cinematic reboot will keep the original film’s plot as well as its title: “Flatliners.” The drama, starring Ellen Page, Nina Dobrev, Kiersey Clemons, James Norton, and Diego Luna, will follow a group of aspiring doctors as they deliberately bring themselves near death to better understand the process. The film will shoot in Toronto, Ontario, in mid-July under the direction of Niels Arden Oplev. Angela Demo will cast the thriller.

Melissa McCarthy might be high on her “Ghostbusters” debut but that hasn’t stopped her from jumping onto another project. “Life of the Party,” a coproduction between McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone, was written and produced by the Hollywood couple. Despite the lack of plot details, sources report that the tone will fall close to the Rodney Dangerfield comedy “Back To School.” The film will begin production in mid-August in an undetermined location, but rumors suggest the production will stay put in Los Angeles. Allison Jones Casting will compile the roster that includes McCarthy as the lead.

A couple of moms are about to get a crazy night out. “Fun Mom Dinner” is heating up with some name attachments; those names however, are on the production side of the comedy film. Paul Rudd and Adam Scott have joined the project as executive producers. No word yet on whether or not the two actors will star in the film, but casting is still underway with Alyssa Weisberg. While plot details are sparse at best, “Fun Mom Dinner” will follow a group of mothers who bond over a crazy night on the town. Production will begin at the end of June in Los Angeles. Alethea Jones will direct.

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