DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Odeya Rush is set to co-star along side Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$) in Dumplin’, a music-driven comedy à la Pitch Perfect and Bring It On directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses)
The pic centers on Willowdean (Macdonald), nicknamed Dumplin, a confident, plus-sized, teen who, to spite her erstwhile beauty pageant queen mom (Aniston), enlists in a local pageant. What starts as an impulsive one-day protest snowballs as Will inadvertently becomes the inspiration for a ragtag group of teenage outcasts joining the pageant.
Rush will play Ellen ‘El’ Dryver, Willowdean’s best friend, who complicates things when she decides to enter the beauty pageant across Will.
Kristin Hahn wrote the script, which she based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 YA novel, and will produce the project with Michael Costigan (Ghost In The Shell), who will produce via his COTA Films banner.
CAA and UTA Independent Film Group are representing domestic.
Rush can be seen in the soon-to-be released film Lady Bird, the directorial debut pic from Greta Gerwig, which A24 is releasing. She’s repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.
On a recent Thursday evening, Musso and Frank Grill, an old school steakhouse widely heralded as Hollywood’s oldest restaurant, was packed. And not just your typical weekday crowd. It was wall to wall with famous people, from all different realms of celebrity. There were actors (Sasha Lane, Bella Heathcote, Selma Blair, Natasha Lyonne), directors (Miranda July, Gia Coppola, Amanda de Cadenet), musicians (Kim Gordon, Chloe and Halle Bailey), and a smattering of It-teens (Rowan Blanchard, Yara Shahidi) thrown in for good measure.
Also in the mix: Odeya Rush, the 19-year-old Isreali actress who rose to fame with 2014’s The Giver, which saw her acting alongside Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, and Taylor Swift. And yet, Rush was still starstruck.
“I love Parks and Recreation, and Rashida Jones and Aubrey Plaza were just standing there talking,” Rush recalled. “I kept looking over being like, ‘No, I’m not going to do it. But then I was like f— it and went over. My mind went blank and I couldn’t think of anything to say. Somehow I collected my thoughts and came back to reality. They are just the coolest people.”
First Look: Josh Wiggins, Odeya Rush Are a Couple in ‘The Bachelors’
Kurt Voelker’s comedy-drama stars J.K. Simmons as a widower who moves to Los Angeles with his son where they meet two women who change their lives.
Rising stars Josh Wiggins (Hellion) and Odeya Rush (The Giver) are playing a young couple in The Hollywood Reporter’s first look at The Bachelors.
Currently in post-production, Kurt Voelker’s comedy-drama stars J.K. Simmons as a widower who moves to Los Angeles with his son (Wiggins) where they meet two women who change their lives.
Julie Delpy also stars in the film, which is produced by Matthew Baer, George Parra, Joe McKelheer and Bill Kiely.
Voelker, who wrote and directed the 2006 film Park, directed The Bachelors from his own script. Fortitude is selling it in Cannes.
Josh Wiggins, Odeya Rush Join J.K. Simmons in ‘The Bachelors’ (Exclusive)
Julie Delpy also stars in the comedy-drama from Kurt Voelker.
Rising stars Josh Wiggins (Hellion) and Odeya Rush (The Giver, Goosebumps) will join J.K. Simmons and Julie Delpy in comedy drama The Bachelors.
Kurt Voelker (Park) wrote and will direct the film, which centers on a widower and his 17-year-old son who move from a small northern California town to Los Angeles, where their lives are transformed by a wry old friend and two extraordinary women.
Matthew Baer, George Parra and Windowseat Entertainment’s Joe McKelheer and Bill Kiely are producing the pic, which is slated to begin principal photography next week in Los Angeles.
Windowseat Entertainment is fully financing the film, with Fortitude International handling foreign rights while Gersh and CAA are representing North American rights.
“They are terrific young actors who will make a memorable onscreen pair, working alongside J.K. and Julie to bring Kurt’s emotional script to life,” Baer said of Wiggins and Rush.
Wiggins made his feature-film debut with his notable performance in Kat Candler’s Hellion, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. He also starred alongside Josh Duhamel in Lost in the Sun and in Warner Bros.’ family film Max. His upcoming projects include Elevation Pictures’ Mean Dreams, which also stars Bill Paxton and Sophie Nélisse, as well as Walking Out opposite Matt Bomer for Harbinger Pictures. Wiggins is repped by UTA and Corner Booth Entertainment.
Rush made her feature-film debut in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and then also appeared in The Weinstein Co.’s The Giver, which starred Jeff Bridges. She most recently appeared in Columbia Pictures’ Goosebumps, and will been seen next in Paramount’s Hunter’s Prayer with Sam Worthington. Rush is repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.
‘Goosebumps’ Star Odeya Rush Signs With MGMT Entertainment (Exclusive)
The up-and-coming Israeli actress, whose credits also include “The Giver,” remains represented by CAA
Israeli actress Odeya Rush, who starred in both “Goosebumps” and “The Giver,” has signed with management company MGMT Entertainment, TheWrap has learned.
She joins an impressive crop of talent at MGMT, which also represents Melissa McCarthy, Michael B. Jordan, Keira Knightley, Ethan Hawke and Aubrey Plaza, among many others.
Rush landed on Hollywood’s radar after she secured a role in Disney’s family film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” which led to a supporting turn in Jim Mickle‘s cannibal movie “We Are What We Are.”
The rising actress then snagged the young female lead in “The Giver” opposite Brenton Thwaites. She most recently starred as Jack Black‘s niece alongside Dylan Minnette in Sony’s “Goosebumps.”
Rush will soon be seen opposite Sam Worthington in the action-thriller “Hunter’s Prayer” and alongside Freddie Highmore in the indie “Holding Patterns.”
Rush recently wrote, directed and produced her first short film, “Thanks.” She continues to be represented by CAA and attorney Rick Genow.