Jon Cryer, James Spader try on 'Shorts'

Join William H. Macy and Leslie Mann in family adventure

Jon Cryer and James Spader are returning to the big-screen, signing up to star in Robert Rodriguez's "Shorts," a family adventure movie that also stars William H. Macy and Leslie Mann.

Rodriguez, who also wrote the screenplay, is producing the film with Elizabeth Avellan under their Troublemaker Studios banner. Robert Rodriguez is serving as his own director of photography, editor and visual effects supervisor.

Also among the cast is Jimmy Bennett ("Star Trek"), Kat Dennings ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin"),Trevor Gagnon ("The New Adventures of Old Christine"), Leo Howard ("G.I. Joe"), Devon Gearhart ("Changeling"), Rebel Rodriguez ("Planet Terror"), and Jake Short and Jolie Vanier.

"Shorts" is set in fictional Black Falls, a suburb where everyone works for Black Box Unlimited Worldwide Industries Incorporated whose communication gadget is sweeping the country. A young boy (Bennett) discovers a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it, which first causes havoc amongst the kid population before turning up several notches when adults get their hands on it.

Cryer and Mann play the boy's parents while Dennings is the boy's older sister. Spader is Mr. Black while Macy is the father of a germophobic genius.

Dan Lin, Hunt Lowry and Stacy Cohen are serving as executive producers on the film, which is being filmed entirely on location in Austin, Texas.

"Shorts" is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Abu Dhabi Media Company and Media Rights Capital.

The movie marks the big screen studio feature return for Cryer who has spent most of career in television after making a name for himself in movies like "Pretty in Pink" and "Morgan Stewart's Coming Home." He is repped by UTA and Forward Entertainment.

Spader, who has won multiple Emmys for his work in "Boston Legal," worked in theatrical features last with 2002's indie sensation "Secretary." He is repped by ICM.

CAA-repped Macy recently wrapped production on "Lonely Maiden" with Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken, while Mann, repped by CAA is best know for her work in "Knocked Up" and "The 40 Year-Old Virgin."
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