Three set for 'Knucklehead'

Melora Hardin, Mark Feuerstein, 'Big Show' join cast

Melora Hardin, Mark Feuerstein and World Wrestling Entertainment star Paul "Big Show" Wight are starring in "Knucklehead," a comedy-adventure Michael Watkins is directing from WWE Studios.

The film centers on a fight promoter (Feuerstein) deeply in debt to his crooked rival. Desperate for a new fighter that will help him win back everything he owes, the promoter catches a break when a 450-pound church handyman (Wight) who has spent his entire life in an orphanage agrees to wrestle on behalf of his fellow orphans.

Hardin runs the orphanage with a nun (Wendie Malick). The trio embark on a road trip on their quest to enter him into a wrestling competition for the first time.

Additionally, Rebecca Creskoff (HBO's "Hung"), Dennis Farina and Saul Rubinek have booked supporting roles. Lester Speight ("Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay") and Bobb'e J. Thompson ("Role Models") round out the cast.

Mike Pavone is producing, with David Calloway and Steve Barnett executive producing

Filming began this week in and around New Orleans.

Hardin, who made her directorial debut this year with the indie feature "You," is best known for her work in NBC's "The Office." She most recently appeared on the big screen in "17 Again." She's repped by the Paul Kohner Agency and Framework Entertainment.

Feuerstein, repped by Gersh and Framework, stars in USA's "Royal Pains," which has been picked up for a second season. Wight recently wrapped shooting "MacGruber."
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