Just weeks after Once Upon a Time star Jennifer Morrison announced that she was setting up her directorial debut through her newly launched production banner, it appears that the cast for her first feature SUN DOGS is starting to come together. Sources confirm that Mom star Allison Janney, Modern Famiy’s Ed O’Neill, and The Knick’s Michael Angarano are in final negotiations to star in the black comedy written by Anthony Tambakis.
The story follows a young misfit with three failed attempts to join the Marines under his belt. Taking a Marine officer’s advice to “protect the homefront” a little too seriously, he sets his sights on a casino manager who may or may not be a terrorist mastermind, and enlists the help of young runaway, forming the most unlikely possible anti-terrorism unit in a story of love, friendship and homeland security.
Morrison, whose career took off after joining the cast of Fox’s medical drama House, went on to star in ABC’s Once Upon a Time as Emma Swan (the hit series is currently in its sixth season). Although Morrison has plenty of film credits to her name, including Stir of Echoes, Star Trek, and this year’s The Darkness, Sun Dogs marks the actresses’s first foray behind the camera as director and producer. The film is the first of what is expected to be a two-film collaboration between Morrison and scribe Tambakis.
Angarano recently starred in the Showtime pilot I’m Dying Up Here from executive producer Jim Carrey, which has now been ordered to series. He also appeared in last year’s buzzy thriller The Stanford Prison Experiment. He is repped by UTA.
Janney, who currently stars on CBS’s Mom, will next be seen on the big screen in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and The Girl on the Train. She is repped by Gersh and Thruline Entertainment.
O’Neill stars at the patriarch of the Pritchett family on ABC’s Modern Family. He lent his voice to the upcoming Pixar film Finding Dory, slated for release this summer. He is repped by Paradigm and Brillstein Entertainment.
We’re hearing that the deals are close to being done, as production is expected to start in early June.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor