Janelle Monae and Leslie Mann to Join Steve Carell in Robert Zemeckis Project at Universal


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The Tracking Board has confirmed that and have been tapped to star opposite Steve Carell in director Robert Zemeckis’ latest film for , which is currently untitled.

The film tells the of a broken man (Carell) who discovers the power of artistic imagination and how it can restore the human spirit. It’s unclear who Monae and Mann will be playing, but both are talented and versatile actors, making their exciting regardless.

Zemeckis co-wrote the screenplay with Caroline Thompson and will also produce the film. Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke of Zemeckis’ Universal-based banner ImageMovers will co-produce alongside Cherylanne Martin. Jeff Malmberg, who directed the 2010 documentary upon which this film is based, will executive produce with Jackie Levine.

VP of  Maradith Frenkel and Director of Development Chloe Yellin will oversee for the .

Monae made her acting debut in two films last year, Moonlight and Hidden Figures, to critical acclaim, both for the films themselves and her performances. She’s repped by and .

Mann is a prolific actor, most recently appearing in the 2016 films How to Be Single and The Comedian, and currently in with the Universal comedy The Pact alongside Ike Barinholtz and John Cena. She’s repped by .

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