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Patrick Wilson replacing Luke Wilson in ‘Barry Munday’?

To be honest I’m losing track on just who is attached to this project – the plug got pulled somewhere in early 06′ and has just now has been resuscitated. According to Variety, Patrick Wilson (who has seen his stock go up significantly since Todd Field’s Little Children and has starring roles in Lakeview Terrace, The Watchmen and Passengers) is probably taking over the lead role that was assigned to Luke Wilson – they both have the same build, so I’d argue that this is indeed the case.

Barry Munday still has Chris D’Arienzo on board to direct his debut (from his own script) with filming to being in April and remain in Los Angeles. The indie pic (2 dollar bet this preems in Sundance of 09′) is based on Frank Turner Hollon’s novel “Life Is a Strange Place”, this is about a womanizer who wakes up sans his “family jewels” after an irate father attacks him with a trumpet. Things go from bad to worse for the title character when he learns that he’s being sued for paternity by a woman he can’t even remember having sex with.

The project is co-financed by Mickey Barold and Stone Douglass’ Stick N Stone Prods. and Matthew Weaver and Scott Prisand’s Corner Store Entertainment. Eric Kopeloff is producing; Marcos Siega and Carl Levin will exec produce.

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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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