Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel are Gigantic (updated)

The Hollywood Reporter, um, reports that Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood) and Zooey Deschanel (Elf) have signed onto the "indie romantic comedy" Gigantic (named after the Pixies song?). The article seems to be focused on Dano, but I can’t find anything earlier about Deschanel being attached, so I’m not sure why they’re glossing that part over.

Deschanel has long been attached to the dormant Janis Joplic biopic, The Gospel According to Janis, but will next appear on screen in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening, opposite Mark Wahlberg.

Dano’s next appearance on screen is up in the air; he’s one of the voices in Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are, and is set to re-unite with his L.I.E. co-star Brian Cox in The Good Heart.

UPDATED (3/3/08): More details about this project have emerged with the latest casting announcement; according to The Hollywood Reporter, John Goodman, Ed Asner and Jane Alexander have joined Dano and Deschanel:

Dano will play Brian, a depressed mattress salesman whose quest to adopt a Chinese baby is sidetracked when he falls for Happy (Deschanel).

Asner will play Brian’s pot-smoking, gangsta rap-loving father, and Alexander is set as his long-suffering mother. Goodman will play Happy’s brilliant, domineering dad.

I’m starting to have some doubts about this project.…

Related Post: Trailer Watch: Vexille, Redbelt, The Happening (updated)

Posted on February 27, 2008 at 11:37 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by MC
    on 2008-02-27 at 13:46

    There is something about Zooey Deschanel as an actress that I can’t quite put my finger on that makes me really enjoy watching her performances… even way back in the days she was doing movies like Mumford.

  2. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-02-27 at 13:49

    Maybe the fact that she’s freakin’ cute?

  3. Written by MC
    on 2008-02-27 at 14:03

    No, it goes beyond that. Yes, she is very attractive, there is no denying that… but I think there is a certain naturalness and endearing awkwardness to her as an actress.

    She is a total nerdboy fantasy really. ;)

  4. Written by Robert 'bele' Sienicki
    on 2008-02-29 at 01:24

    It’s her eyes.
    And yes, Gordon. You’re right. She is freakin’ cute :D I think I first saw her in “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” and then fell in love :D
    When I’m going to make a movie she’s going to be in it! And Ellen Page!

    And probably me. :D

  5. Written by MC
    on 2008-02-29 at 16:12

    She is nice, sarcastic and blonde in Big Trouble…

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