Five join 'Brother's Keeper'
Patricia Clarkson, Danny Glover and John Cena among castPatricia Clarkson, Devon Graye, Madeleine Martin, Danny Glover and wrestling champ John Cena have been cast in "Brother's Keeper," a PG-rated family drama from WWE Films.
Mel Damski ("Mischief") will direct a screenplay by John Posey about a teenage boy (Graye) who tries to reunite his mother (Clarkson) and estranged older brother (Cena) 10 years after the death of their father, a state college wrestling legend. A brilliant student with no apparent athletic talents, the teenager decides to join the high school wrestling team as a way to pull the family together.
WWE Studios vp David Calloway ("The O.C.") is producing. WWE execs Mike Pavone and Steve Barnett are executive producing.
The project, which might undergo a title change, begins shooting today in New Orleans.
The CAA-repped Clarkson had roles in the Woody Allen films "Whatever Works" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." She next appears in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island," which hits theaters in February.
Graye, repped by the Beverly Hecht Agency and Kritzer Levine Wilkins Griffin, recurs on Showtime's "Dexter" and recently wrapped the After Dark Films thriller "Husk."
Martin, repped by ICM and One Entertainment, is a regular on Showtime's "Californication."
Glover, repped by ICM and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, next appears in the Screen Gems comedy "Death at a Funeral," slated for an April release.
The ICM-repped Cena, who made his name as a WWE star, starred in the features "The Marine" and "Twelve Rounds," both from WWE Films.
The APA-repped Damski has directed episodes of "Psych," "Boston Legal," "Ally McBeal," "The Practice" and "Without a Trace."
Posey, repped by Gersh and manager Billy Miller, also is an actor who has appeared on "Boston Legal" and "ER." He will co-star in "Keeper" as a high school wrestling coach.