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Moving from T.V to Film: Hugh Laurie, Kunis and Meester Rumored for Oranges

Oranges has television director Julian Farino attached to helm and now, three actors known for their work on the tele might be joining the dark comedy as well. Hugh Laurie might be taking on his first leading role in film – as the patriarch/adulterer in an American Beauty-esque role and might possibly star alongside either or both Mila Kunis and Leighton Meester. L.A Times reports that the trio of actors are attached to the 2008 Blacklist favorite (it was the runner-up to first place The Beaver, currently in post). If this goes into production anytime soon, this should be a hot title for buyers in Cannes.

Oranges has television director Julian Farino attached to helm and now, three actors known for their work on the tele might be joining the dark comedy as well. Hugh Laurie might be taking on his first leading role in film – as the patriarch/adulterer in an American Beauty-esque role and might possibly star alongside either or both Mila Kunis and Leighton Meester. L.A Times reports that the trio of actors are attached to the 2008 Blacklist favorite (it was the runner-up to first place The Beaver, currently in post). If this goes into production anytime soon, this should be a hot title for buyers in Cannes.   

Written by Jay Reiss and Ian Helfer, this focuses on a Terry Bass, (played by Laurie) who has a romantic relationship with the daughter of a family friend, turning the lives of the man and the family upside down. The lead role of Vanessa, the twenty-something girl who has the affair with her former best friend’s father would either be filled by Kunis or Meester. My guess is that Kunis (who’s stock will rise significantly with her co-lead part in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan) would play Vanessa, while Meester would be assigned to play the carefree, Nina Bass. In all, the casting director has a total of seven roles partitioned between two households.

Mila Kunis Oranges Leighton Meester

The Times points out that this would be second pairing of the two actresses: Meester and Kunis had roles in Shawn Levy’s Date Night.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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