'What' is up next for 2 actresses

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Catherine Keener and Robin Wright Penn have signed on to 2929 Entertainment's "What Just Happened?" for director Barry Levinson.

The Hollywood comedy, based on an original screenplay by Art Linson, centers on a desperate movie producer (Robert De Niro) trying to survive the treachery of Hollywood and a broken second marriage.

Keener will play the head of the studio the producer is courting, while Wright Penn will portray the producer's ex-wife. Stanley Tucci, John Turturro and Kristen Stewart co-star. Bruce Willis and Sean Penn also will be featured in small roles, playing themselves.

Principal photography is set to begin this week in Los Angeles.

Keener recently completed filming on Spike Jonze's "Where the Wild Things Are." After "What Just Happened," the actress will film Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York."

Wright Penn most recently was seen in "Hounddog," which screened in January at the Sundance Film Festival. She recently completed work on the Paramount Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures co-production "Beowulf" for director Robert Zemeckis.

Keener is repped by the Gersh Agency. Wright Penn is repped by CAA and attorney Melanie Cook.
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