'Big Bang' star lands lead in 'I Hop' film


Kaley Cuoco, one of the stars of CBS' sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," has booked her first studio feature role with "I Hop," a live-action/CG-animated hybrid comedy from Illumination Entertainment and Universal.

Tim Hill, who directed the hybrid "Alvin and the Chipmunks," is helming the tale of an out-of-work slacker (James Marsden) who accidentally injures the son of the Easter Bunny (voiced by Russell Brand) and must take him in as he recovers.

Cuoco will play Marsden's sister, who allows Marsden to live with her when he gets kicked out by his parents, and finds herself dealing with the injured heir to the Easter Bunny throne.

Cuoco also has booked a role in Harry Thomason's indie feature "The Last Ride." That pic, which stars Henry Thomas as country crooner Hank Williams, revolves around Williams' final days and the young man (Jesse James) hired to drive him from Alabama to a New Year's Eve concert in Canton, Ohio.

Cuoco will play a gas-station owner the duo meet during their travels who has a brief, innocent romance with the driver,

Cuoco, repped by Ro Diamond at SDB Partners and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, has spent the better part of the decade cultivating a successful TV career with "Big Bang" and such shows as "Charmed" and "8 Simple Rules." She has appeared in several indie movies, but this is her first move capitalizing on the success of the CBS hit.
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