Up-and-comers Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers), Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (The Mindy Project) have signed on to star in romantic comedy The Broken Heart Gallery, Natalie Krinsky’s directorial debut.
In a boost for the project, which Endeavor Content will be shopping to buyers in Cannes next week, Selena Gomez has come on board as an executive producer, reuniting with her 13 Reasons Why exec producer partner Mandy Teefey.
No Trace Camping, a producer on Oscar-winner Room and sports comedy Goon, will finance and produce The Broken Heart Gallery. David Gross, Jesse Shapira, Jeff Arkuss and Mason Novick will produce the feature, which starts shooting in August.
Krinsky also penned the screenplay to Broken Heart Gallery, which follows Lucy (Viswanathan), a collector who suffers a bad breakup with her boyfriend and boss at the Whitney Museum (Ambudkar). Unsure of what to do with the items love left behind, she curates The Broken Heart Gallery in the lobby of a kind stranger’s hotel (Montgomery). Krinsky’s writing credits include Gossip Girl and Grey’s Anatomy, and she recently adapted Gillian Flynn’s The Grown Up for Universal Pictures.
Viswanathan starred in Kay Cannon-directed comedy Blockers and most recently in Minhal Baig’s coming-of-age drama, Hala, which was picked up by Apple after its Sundance premiere. She also starred in the TBS series Miracle Workers alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi and appears opposite Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney in Cory Finley’s upcoming Bad Education.
Montgomery, best known for his role as Billy Hargrove in Netflix’s Stranger Things, also starred in Lionsgate’s Power Rangers film.
Ambudkar starred opposite Jillian Bell in Brittany Runs a Marathon, which won this year’s Audience Award in Sundance and was acquired by Amazon, which will release it in August. He’ll appear alongside Jodie Comer, Taika Waititi and Ryan Reynolds in Shawn Levy’s action comedy Free Guy and co-stars in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan, both of which come out next year.
Viswanathan and Montgomery are both repped by WME and 3 Arts Entertainment. Viswanathan is also repped by Mollison Keightley Management in Australia. Ambudkar is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts Entertainment. Krinsky is repped by WME and Gotham Group.
Endeavor Content and Jamie Feldman of LGNAFC are handling worldwide sales in Cannes.
Dacre has joined the cast of the movie “The True History of the Kelly Gang”.
Russell Crowe and Nicholas Hoult are set to star in True History of the Kelly Gang from director Justin Kurzel (Assassin’s Creed, Macbeth).
George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Essie Davis (The Babadook) will also star in the gothic Western, which is based on Peter Carey’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. The story chronicles Ned Kelly (MacKay), one of the world’s greatest outlaws, and the colonial badlands from which he rose.
Vikings star Travis Fimmel and Stranger Things newcomer Dacre Montgomery are also set for the feature from screenwriter Shaun Grant. Rounding out the cast is Sean Keenan, Harry Greenwood, Thomasin McKenzie and Earl Cave.
Liz Watts (Porchlight Films), Hal Vogel (Daybreak Pictures) and Brad Feinstein (Romulus Entertainment) will produce. Peter Carey and David Aukin from Daybreak, Vincent Sheehan from Porchlight and Joseph F. Ingrassia from Romulus Entertainment will serve as executive producers.
Romulus is financing, along with grants from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria and Film4. Filming is set to start next year in Australia.
Rocket Science, whose slate includes Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer starring Nicole Kidman and the Willem Dafoe-starrer At Eternity’s Gate, will handle international sales. CAA is representing U.S. rights.