〉 Reynolds will take on the meta role of an aging actor set to receive a lifetime achievement award in Rifkin’s dark comedy.
The story revolves around an aging, former movie star who is forced to face the reality that his glory days are far behind him when he’s invited to receive a lifetime achievement award from a tiny East coast film festival. Embarrassed by the low rent event, he bails on the award and forces the emotionally unstable girl assigned to be his driver to take him on a soul searching tour of the landmarks of his youth.
Reynolds, who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance in P.T. Anderson’s drama Boogie Nights, is currently working on the boxing drama Shadow Fighter. Reynolds will be at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin to premiere the documentary The Bandit, which tells the story of Reynold’s friendship with his stunt double during the production of the classic comedy, Smokey and the Bandit.
Rifkin, who is perhaps best known for the 1998 family comedy Small Soldiers, recently wrapped the feature Director’s Cut, written by Penn Jillette. He also worked on the long-in-development Where’s Waldo feature, and is penning the screenplay for the animated feature based on the Peeps candy.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor