Allison Janney, Ed O’Neill Circle Jennifer Morrison Directorial Debut “Sun Dogs” (Exclusive)


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〉 Michael Angarano is also in talks to star in the satirical black comedy.

Just weeks after Once Upon a Time star Jennifer Morrison announced that she was setting up her directorial debut through her newly launched  banner, it appears that the cast for her first feature is starting to come together. Sources confirm that Mom star , 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 is producing through her Apartment 3C Productions along with Andrew Carlberg. Independent Group is arranging the financing and repping worldwide rights.


Morrison, whose 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 . 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 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 .

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 and .

We’re hearing that the deals are close to being done, as is expected to start in early June.


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