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UCBT performers attached to indie comedy film 'The Hand Job'

Variety March 9, 2011
Samberg, Glover take 'Job'
by Jeff Sneider

NBC thesps join indie comedy

Andy Samberg and Donald Glover will lend a hand alongside their NBC brethren Aubrey Plaza and Bill Hader for indie comedy "The Hand Job."

In addition, TV veterans Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") and Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development") have joined the ensemble, while Plaza's "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" co-stars Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman have come aboard to provide comedic support.

Hader's wife, Maggie Carey, is set to write and make her feature directorial debut on the coming-of-age story; Plaza will star as a type-A valedictorian who's determined to lose her virginity before leaving for college. Project does not have a start date yet, as financing is still coming together.

Mark Gordon and Jennifer Todd are producing for the Mark Gordon Co., while 3 Arts Entertainment's Tom Lassally and Greg Walter will exec produce.

Glover, who previously starred opposite Plaza in "Mystery Team," has a cameo in Disney's "The Muppets" on the horizon, while Samberg is gearing up to shoot the Adam Sandler comedy "I Hate You Dad" for Columbia this summer. Shawkat can currently be seen in the Fox Searchlight comedy "Cedar Rapids."

Carey, whose "Hand Job" script was featured on the 2009 Black List, co-created and directed the WB online series "The Jeannie Tate Show," and previously served as a writer on the ABC series "In the Motherhood." She most recently co-wrote and directed the recurring sketch "Lady Refs" for HBO's "Funny or Die Presents," which featured Hader.

Glover is repped by CAA and 3 Arts. UTA reps Samberg and Shawkat, along with Mosaic and Kipperman Management, respectively. Whitman is repped by ICM and Industry Entertainment. WME reps Britton and Simmons along with Untitled Entertainment and the Schiff Co., respectively.

UTA also reps Carey and Hader along with 3 Arts and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, respectively.


Scott Porter, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dominic Dierkes and D.C. Pierson are attached to play supporting roles in Maggie Carey's indie comedy "The Hand Job."

Pic stars Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation") as a studious teenager who's determined to lose her virginity before she heads off to college.

Connie Britton is on board to play Plaza's liberal, free-spirited mother, while her "Friday Night Lights" co-star Porter will play a grunge rocker who the girl has a crush on.

Johnny Simmons has a supporting role as the protagonist's classmate/co-worker and Mintz-Plasse will play his sci-fi-loving best friend.

As for Dierkes and Pierson, they'll join their Derrick Comedy cohort Donald Glover to form a trio of lifeguards.

Mae Whitman and Alia Shawkat co-star as two of Plaza's friends, while "Saturday Night Live" jokers Andy Samberg and Bill Hader are also attached to the project, with the latter actor playing a perpetually stoned pool manager.

Producers are still searching for thesps to play Plaza's gorgeous older sister and her intimidating father, a conservative judge.

Mark Gordon and Jennifer Todd are producing for the Mark Gordon Co., while 3 Arts Entertainment's Tom Lassally and Greg Walter will exec produce the project, which has to finalize its financing before a start date is set.

Porter recently wrapped the high school reunion indie "Ten Year," while Mintz-Plasse will soon be seen in DreamWorks' "Fright Night" remake, as well as the omnibus comedy "Movie 43."

Dierkes and Pierson previously teamed with Plaza and Glover on the indie comedy "Mystery Team," which has developed a cult following since its 2009 release.

The duo are repped by CAA and 3 Arts, while UTA reps Mintz-Plasse. Porter is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.