Katherine LaNasa Snags Roles Opposite Will Ferrell, John Cusack (Exclusive)

4:10 PM PST 10/19/2011 by Borys Kit

The veteran TV actress will play Ferrell's wife in Warner Bros.' comedy "Dog Fight" and Cusack's wife in the thriller "The Frozen Ground."

Katherine LaNasa, who has spent the better part of the past decade making various television appearances, has booked roles opposite major stars in a couple of high-profile movies.

LaNasa has nabbed the role of Will Ferrell’s wife in Dog Fight, the Warner Bros. political comedy that also stars Zack Galifianakis. She also will play John Cusack’s wife in The Frozen Ground, a serial killer thriller that also stars Nicolas Cage.

Jay Roach is directing Dog Fight, once known as Southern Rivals, with Gary Sanchez Prods. and Everyman Pictures producing. The comedy tells the tale of two rival politicians in a small congressional district in South Carolina. Sarah Baker, another actress who has long worked in television, was cast as Galifianakis’ wife earlier this week.

Frozen Ground details the true story of the capture of serial killer Robert Hansen in Alaska. Cage is an Alaska state trooper tracking Hansen, played by Cusack. Randall Emmett and Mark Ordesky are producing the indie, which starts shooting this week in Alaska.    

LaNasa, repped by IFA Talent, has appeared on shows such as Two and a Half Men, Big Love and Judging Amy, but her newfound heat could be due to work in Jayne Mansfield’s Car for writer-director Billy Bob Thornton; LaNasa snagged that role when it was initially earmarked for Robin Wright.

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