KERI RUSSELL JOINS THE CAST OF CBS FILMS' "THE UNTITLED CROWLEY PROJECT"
Keri Russell has signed on to star opposite Brendan Fraser and Harrison Ford in "The Untitled Crowley Project" for CBS Films, it was announced today by Amy Baer, President and Chief Executive Officer of the film division within CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS). The project, which starts principal photography on April 6, will be the first film to go into production for CBS Films.
In this emotional drama, Russell plays Aileen Crowley, a wife and mother who relentlessly builds a normal, loving home life for her children while her husband, John Crowley (Fraser), and an unconventional scientist (Ford) race against time to build a company that could rescue them. The film is inspired by a true story. Ford is also Executive Producer on the project. Tom Vaughan ("Starter for 10," "What Happens in Vegas") is set to direct.
Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher ("World Trade Center," "Erin Brockovich"), alongside Carla Shamberg ("Erin Brockovich"), will produce through their Double Feature Films banner. Robert Nelson Jacobs ("The Water Horse," "Chocolat") wrote the screenplay, which was inspired by a Wall Street Journal article and subsequent book, The Cure, by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Geeta Anand.
"At the heart of this story is an exemplary mother in Aileen Crowley," said Baer. "It was important that we find an actress who could portray incredible maternal sensitivity combined with the steadfastness of a woman on a mission. Keri has the talent to depict both with striking balance."
Most recently Keri Russell starred alongside Adam Sandler in "Bedtime Stories." Prior to that film, she received critical acclaim for her starring role in Adrienne Shelly's "Waitress." Her other feature film credits include "August Rush," "Mission Impossible III", "The Upside of Anger" and "We Were Soldiers."
About CBS Films
CBS Films, established in 2007, plans to develop and produce four to six movies a year spanning all genres, with production budgets up to $50 million per film. CBS Films is currently also in pre-production on the romantic comedy "Plan B," starring Jennifer Lopez, under director Alan Poul. The company's development slate includes such titles as "Permission," written by Karen McCullah Lutz; "Consent To Kill," an action-thriller based on the Mitch Rapp character from the best-selling Vince Flynn novels; "The Eternals" from writer Chris Hauty and director Jeff Wadlow; and a remake of "My Fair Lady," based on the classic musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, which is being co-developed with Columbia Pictures.
About CBS Corporation
CBS Corporation is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and The CW - a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), cable television (Showtime and CSTV Networks), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Paramount Network Television and CBS Television Distribution), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), interactive media (CBS Interactive), music (CBS Records), licensing and merchandising (CBS Consumer Products), video/DVD (CBS Home Entertainment), in-store media (CBS Outernet) and motion pictures (CBS Films). For more information, log on to http://www.cbscorporation.com/.
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