Justin Long, 'American Comedy Award' winning Fred Willard, Zach Galifinakis, Ari Graynor, Erik Knudsen, Adhir Kalyan, Tricia Mara, Jonny Wright and 'Emmy Award' winning Mary Kay Place Join Cast
Newcomer Portia Doubleday to star in her first feature film
NEW YORK, NY (June 23, 2008) -Dimension Films announced today actors Justin Long ("He's Just Not That Into You", "Drag Me To Hell", "Live Free or Die Hard", "Accepted", "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story"), American Comedy Award winning actor Fred Willard ("Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, "Harold & Kumar go to Whitecastle", "Date Movie"), Zach Galifinakis ("Into the Wild", "What Happens in Vegas"), Ari Graynor ("Mystic River", "Game 6"), Erik Knudsen ("Saw II", "Common Ground"), Adhir Kalyan ("Aliens in America", "Nip/Tuck"), Jonny Wright ("The Longshots"), Tricia Mara ("Urban Legends 3: Bloody Mary", "Women's Murder Club") and Emmy Award winning Mary Kay Place ("Being John Malkovich", "Sweet Home Alabama", "The Rainmaker") will join the cast of Miguel Arteta's "Youth in Revolt," starring Michael Cera ("Superbad," "Juno," "Arrested Development"). "Youth in Revolt" will also introduce newcomer actress Portia Doubleday in her first feature film. This announcement follows on the heels of the recent cast expansion to include Steve Buscemi, Ray Liotta, Jean Smart, and M. Emmet Walsh.
Doubleday will star as 'Sheeni Saunders' who is Nick Twisp's (Michael Cera) object of desire. Long will play her brother, 'Paul Saunders' who is also known as 'Nick's' oracle', Mary Kay Place will be their mother, 'Mrs. Saunders.' Other roles include Willard as 'Mr. Ferguson', Knudsen as Nick's best friend, 'Lefty', Wright as Nick's arch nemesis 'Trent', Galifinakis as 'Jerry', Graynor as 'Lacey', Kalyan as 'Vijay' and Mara as 'Taggerty'. The screenplay, written by Gustin Nash, Arteta and Cera, is based on the book "Youth in Revolt" by C.D Payne, which became an underground sensation and garnered a youthful cult following throughout the world. The novel has been published in multiple countries, staged as a play, broadcast over the radio and has been the subject of countless fan-based Web sites.
"Youth in Revolt" will be a co-production between Permut Presentations and Shangri-La Entertainment with David Permut serving as producer and Steve Longi, Vice president of production at Permut Presentations co-producing along with Miranda Freiberg. The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films.
Bob Weinstein said: "We are very excited that we have assembled such a talented team of actors to star alongside Michael Cera."
"Youth in Revolt" is the irreverent story about the wild adventures of a teenage boy named Nick Twisp who meets the girl of his dreams while on a family vacation and has to turn his life and the lives of all those around him upside down in order to be with her.
"Youth in Revolt" is part of Dimension's diverse upcoming slate which features cutting-edge comedies including "Soul Men" directed by award-winning filmmaker Malcolm Lee ("The Best Man," "Undercover Brother," "Roll Bounce") starring Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac; horror films like the spine-tingling thriller "Clive Barker Presents: Hellraiser," a remake of Barkers most celebrated and terrifying story; and a variety of family friendly movies with Ice Cube's production company Cube Vision including the Fred Durst helmed "The Longshots" about a poor Illinois town that comes together behind the local Pop Warner football team.
Dimension's 2008 release slate continues the momentum of an extremely successful 2007 led by "1408" which grossed over $71 million at the box office and was the highest grossing independent film of the year. Since its launch in 1995, Dimension has established itself as a pre-eminent independent label releasing more films that debuted at #1 (ten) and more films that grossed over $90 million (nine) than any other independent studio.