Lillard takes 'Endless Bummer' surfin' safari

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NEW YORK -- Matthew Lillard will star in the Lighthouse Entertainment 1980s-set teen comedy "Endless Bummer," playing a surf shop owner who helps a group of teens track down a prized stolen surfboard.

The actor joins rocker Joan Jett, Khan Chittenden ("Introducing the Dwights") and Jane Leeves ("Frasier") for the feature. He plays a veteran surfer who built the board and joins its current owner and friends on a road trip from Ventura, Calif., to the San Fernando Valley to get it back.

"Bummer" is based on the real-life experiences of screenwriter John "J.D." Drury. Lillard joins the production of director Sam Pillsbury's feature this week.

Lighthouse's Steven Siebert ("The Darwin Awards, "The Rookie") is producing the film with Drury, Todd Wiseman and John Sclimenti ("Riding in Vans With Boys"). Rosemary Marks ("thirteen") is co-producing.

Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman will executive produce with Darren Quon. The "Bummer" soundtrack will include new covers of '80s songs from several Vans Warped Tour artists.

"This is a genuine story of a pivotal day for a group of young Ventura surfers in 1984," Siebert said. "We are excited to be working with such a talented ensemble of actors, each of whom brings a unique element to the real-life personalities they are portraying."

Other members of the cast include Caitlin Wachs ("Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"), Allison Scagliotti (the CW's "One Tree Hill"), Colton James ("Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"), Ray Santiago ("Meet the Fockers") and Andy Fischer-Price ("Surf's Up").

Lillard recently completed "American Summer," a comedy about a pool boy and gardener who take over a Beverly Hills mansion and become neighborhood pimps, from Warren Zide's Flipzide Studios and A-Mark Entertainment. His other credits include the indie comedy "What Love Is," Warner Bros. Pictures' "Scooby-Doo" films and MGM's "Wicker Park."

Lighthouse films include "The Darwin Awards," starring Winona Ryder and Joseph Fiennes; "A Good Woman," starring Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson; "Cherish"; "Gridlock'd"; and "Rookie." The company has several films in development, including "Straight Camp" and "The Lion's Share."

Lillard is repped by CAA, Julie Darmody of Mosaic Media Group and Matt Johnson of Ziffren Brittenham Branca Fischer Gilbert-Lurie Stiffelman Cook Johnson Lande and Wolf.
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