Parnell, Dratch in 'Harold's' way
EmptyNEW YORK -- "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" vets Chris Parnell and Rachel Dratch have been cast opposite Nikki Blonsky, Ally Sheedy and Cuba Gooding Jr. in T. Sean Shannon's teen comedy "Harold."
Parnell ("Hot Rod") plays the high school gym coach who mercilessly torments the title character (Spencer Breslin), a prematurely balding teenager. Dratch ("I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry") plays the teacher who forces him to remove his hat, exposing his shameful secret to the world.
Blonsky ("Hairspray") plays Harold's fellow school outcast, Sheedy plays his mother, and Gooding (a producer on the film) plays the school janitor who befriends him.
Parnell's popularity on "SNL" hit its peak with the music video parody "Lazy Sunday," co-starring his "Hot Rod" castmate Andy Samberg. He next appears in the Sony Pictures comedy "Walk Hard."
Dratch co-wrote, co-exec produced and stars in the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures feature "Spring Breakdown," with Parker Posey and Amy Poehler. She also will appear in two comedies: "My Life in Ruins," with Nia Vardalos, and "Love n' Dancing."
Shannon co-wrote the script with Greg Fields. Danny Fisher's City Lights Pictures and MEGA Films' Levy are producing and financing the film. Sam Zietz and City Lights CEO Fisher are executive producing. Jason Shuman and William Sherak will produce for Blue Star. Michael Califra will co-executive produce for City Lights. Jeff Mazzola serves as co-producer.
Parnell is repped by UTA and Mosaic Media. Dratch is repped by Paradigm and Gayle Divine of Divine Management.